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When we arrived at Hitchcock Lakes at 11,621 feet, unlike the popular Guitar Lake, there was not a single soul around. We decide to set up our camp at one of the small lakes tucked in between the trail and the elongated Hitchcock Lakes not to lose too much of elevation because the lakes were over 250 feet below the point of the trail where we would begin our night hike to summit Mt. Whitney in less than ten hours at midnight. I still remembered seeing the lakes from Trail Crest for the first time on my way to summit Mt. Whitney over 2 1/2 years ago. I knew that they weren’t popular among the JMT’ers in terms of camping because they weren’t close to the trail and always wondered what it would be like down there. The 1,500 feet tall wall of Mt. Hitchcock rose straight up and towered over the lakes and its majestic presence cannot be felt unless you are there. While part of me wished that I had had more time to climb the mountain, we spent a good two hours hiking around the lower lake and taking photos before returning to our camp. While there, we felt like we were in an echo chamber. By being so close to the wall, the faint conversations of the ascending backpackers gently reverberated in and out of the lakes.

Sequoia National Park, CA

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • 16mm / 1/250 sec at ƒ/11 / ISO 500
  • Taken 8/18/2016

© 2017 H Peter Ji

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I am a photographer. My photos have been sold on EyeEm, Adobe Stock and ShutterStock and also featured on ViewBug and G+ Landscape Photography Community, and via Death Valley National Park Instagram and Facebook. My work is the natural byproduct of my love for outdoors – backpacking, hiking and camping in nature.


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