There's a BUNCH of different kinds of lupine. I'm not sure what one this is.
Sierra primrose. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Meanwhile, I'm still below the pass, captivated by the columbines...
White mountain heather
Common woolly sunflower
Still life with skunky monkeyflowers (yes, that's really their name).
Possibly hairy arnica.
Mountain monardella. The leaves of this plant were very aromatic - we later discovered that this is part of the mint family.
Monkshood, the only time I saw this deadly flower along the trail.
These flowers are what's known as a DYCs, or damn yellow composites. This a widely-used term referring to any of the numerous species of composite flowers (family Asteraceae) that have yellow flowers and can be difficult to tell apart in the field.
Western roseroot. (This same flower in Colorado is called King's Crown).
Photo by Chuck Haak.
But wait... more columbines! (If you couldn't tell, I'm especially fond of columbines).
Sierra bog orchid
Swallowtail butterfly on mountain monardella.
Small-flowered blue-eyed Mary
Mountain mule ears
Western blue flax
This gorgeous little clump of columbines greeted me at the turn of one of the switchbacks toward the top. Such a lovely sight to see on this arduous climb!