Start of Day 11.
Giraud Peak? Chuck was constantly studying these granite peaks for possible rock climbing routes. Photo by Chuck Haak.
There's that big boulder again.
Photo by Chuck Haak.
Jill crossing the bridge over the Dusy Branch. It was always so nice to see bridges. Note the bent rail on the right. Something BIG ran into that rail! Photo by Chuck Haak.
Pretty faces - such a perfect name for these flowers!
Log crossing. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Stand of Very Large Trees.
Looking back toward LeConte Canyon. The trail is climbing steadily now on its way up toward Muir Pass.
Day 11. Photo by Jill Haak.
Hiking through the ferns.
The moon setting over the Black Divide.
Another Very Large Tree.
Heading up LeConte Canyon. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Middle Fork Kings River
Beautiful cascade in upper LeConte Canyon.
Another log crossing. I don't recall that we had ANY "boots off" crossings on this day. It was nice. Photo by Jill Haak.
Trail monster #3 - the infamous JMT Rock Monster.
The Middle Fork Kings River plunging down the canyon. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Palisade Creek flowing near our campsite.
Jill ponders Palisade Creek as it makes its way to its confluence with the Middle Fork Kings River. Photo by Chuck Haak.
The jagged ridge on the left is called Devils Crags.
Palisade Creek nears its confluence with Middle Fork Kings River. Note the old bridge abutment left of center. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Me at the base of the Very Large Tree with the JMT sign. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Grouse Meadow. Photo by Jill Haak.
Some sort of gentian.
Avalanche debris in LeConte Canyon.
This was such an amazing series of waterfalls at the upper end of LeConte Canyon!
One is supposed to have one's photo taken inside the "mouth" of the monster, but, alas, no one was around to take my picture. :(
This might be Glacier Creek.
This area was burned in the 2002 Palisade Fire.
Heading on down Palisade Canyon. Photo by Chuck Haak.
I have no idea what the significance of this is. I'm thinking maybe there was some sort of gate here at some point in the distant past.
The trail has now turned toward the north, heading up LeConte Canyon.
Jill climbing over another log. Photo by Chuck Haak.
The Dusy Branch. This creek flows out of the Dusy Basin, another area I'd love to explore someday.
Little Pete Meadow. Time to stop for lunch. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Looking back down LeConte Canyon. This canyon is prone to avalanches and you can see large swaths on the right that have been cleared by avalanches.
I had to take a photo of this little bird perched on one of the monster's "teeth" instead.
Trees are supposed to get SHORTER as you go higher. These trees didn't get the memo.
Jill climbing over a fallen log. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Very appropriate for fireweed to be growing here.
Chuck and Jill under a VERY large Jeffrey pine tree.
That there is a BIG boulder! (With Jill for scale). Photo by Chuck Haak.
Another Very Large Tree. This one is a western juniper.
Middle Fork Kings River. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Lunch at Little Pete Meadow. Photo by Chuck Haak.