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Our original plan was to spend the last night of the High Sierra Trail (HST) backpacking trip at Trail Camp at the bottom of the ninety-nine switchbacks. But, it was still quite early when we arrived there. So, we decided to hike farther down to shorten the distance to Whitney Port when exiting next day (because we still had to hitch a ride to Lone Pine Campground). It would’ve been cool to camp at Consultation Lake but in the end we settled farther down at the top of this giant granite slab, higher than both Mirror Lake and Outpost Camp. The view of Inyo Mountains across Owens Valley in the far distance through the narrow valley was quite a treat. And we were still high enough to see Lone Pine Lake as well. The nicely flowing Lone Pine Creek about 20 feet below us made this campsite an ideal spot to spend the night. Next morning we got up early and found a perfect spot a bit down the slab to catch the sunrise. The sun was not visible because of the ridgeline on the right, but on our left the east end of the jagged Pinnacle Ridgeline was radiating in insane orange once the sun rose! After a few minutes, it was gone. And it was time for us to get ready to descend the last section of Mt. Whitney Trail.

Inyo National Forest, CA

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • 16mm / 1.3 sec at ƒ/22 / ISO 100
  • Taken 8/20/2016

© 2017 H Peter Ji


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