Pacific Crest Trail: Best Month - High Sierra, CA

Every hiker's life list should include the 270 miles between Mt. Whitney and Sonora Pass. It may take a month, but it's a trivial sacrifice to make for the most unrelenting wilderness eye-candy you'll ever feast on.
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Every hiker's life list should include the 270 miles between Mt. Whitney and Sonora Pass. It may take a month, but it's a trivial sacrifice to make for the most unrelenting wilderness eye-candy you'll ever feast on.

Some things are so inevitable there's no sense disputing them: death, taxes, and the unrivaled beauty of the Sierra. Following the John Muir Trail much of the way, the PCT rambles through dozens of scenes suitable for framing—13,000—and 14,000-foot granite skyscrapers, canyons a mile deep, and thousands of lakes in beds of polished rock. You'll walk the longest strip of roadless trail in the nation and bump into civilization just twice. The best campsite is...virtually anywhere, though an enduringly classic spot to pitch nylon is Vidette Meadow, below the soaring Kearsarge Pinnacles. If you absolutely can't spare more than a week, knock off the 76 miles from Tuolumne Meadows to Sonora Pass; here, the PCT ventures beyond the popular JMT into remote northern Yosemite and the Emigrant Wilderness. And leave your umbrella at home: The Sierra in summer is reliably sunny and mild.
LOCAL WISDOM Flatlanders should hike this stretch north to south to acclimatize before reaching the higher elevations of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.
-Mike Lanza

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 387.8

Waypoints

PCT430

Location: 36.587287902832, -118.238288879395

From Whitney Portal, head W on Mt. Whitney Trail to Trail Crest.

PCT431

Location: 36.5613250732422, -118.292762756348

Trail Crest; drop packs and head along crumbling spine of scree past Mt. Muir

PCT432

Location: 36.5786170959473, -118.291984558105

Summit Mt. Whitney, highest point in lower 48; enjoy views of the Great Western Divide, the central Sierras, and the Owens Valley below

PCT433

Location: 36.5733489990234, -118.314651489258

Campsite by stunning Guitar Lake; great basecamp for Whitney attempt. Even if you decide not to summit, enjoy camping in this high-alpine cirque

PCT434

Location: 36.5636177062988, -118.349433898926

Crabtree Ranger Station and bear box; John Muir Trail to Mt. Whitney across creek

PCT435

Location: 36.5588493347168, -118.361869812012

Rejoin PCT/JMT; from here to Red's Meadow, the PCT and JMT are the same trail. Follow all JMT signs until Devils Postpile NM.

PCT436

Location: 36.5941314697266, -118.371116638184

Wallace Creek and High Sierra Trail junction and bear box

PCT437

Location: 36.5989151000977, -118.374153137207

Wright Creek

PCT438

Location: 36.6201438903809, -118.380638122559

Bighorn Plateau

PCT439

Location: 36.6350173950195, -118.385467529297

Bear box

PCT440

Location: 36.6397171020508, -118.388046264648

Spur to Tyndall Creek Ranger Station

PCT441

Location: 36.6409339904785, -118.387397766113

Shepard Pass trail

PCT442

Location: 36.6421318054199, -118.387413024902

Tyndall Creek

PCT443

Location: 36.6430015563965, -118.387451171875

Bear box

PCT444

Location: 36.6450500488281, -118.388130187988

Lake South America trail

PCT445

Location: 36.6945343017578, -118.37353515625

Forester Pass: highest point on PCT and entrace into Kings Canyon NP

PCT446

Location: 36.7309150695801, -118.372833251953

Center Basin Creek

PCT447

Location: 36.7515182495117, -118.395286560059

Bear box

PCT448

Location: 36.7593002319336, -118.405830383301

Vidette Meadow campsite and bear box

PCT449

Location: 36.7602157592773, -118.407165527344

Camp in Lower Vidette Meadows

PCT450

Location: 36.7602996826172, -118.412101745605

Bubbs Creek/PCT Junction; head uphill

PCT451

Location: 36.76806640625, -118.411415100098

Bullfrog Lake Trail junction. Not the PCT, but spur trail to Independence for a necessary resupply

PCT452

Location: 36.773681640625, -118.381713867188

Kearsage Pass Tral Junction

PCT453

Location: 36.7731323242188, -118.376564025879

Kearsage Pass, leaving Kings Canyon NP into Inyo National Forest to Onion Valley

PCT454

Location: 36.7752685546875, -118.343200683594

Golden Trout Lakes Junction

PCT455

Location: 36.772533416748, -118.341201782227

Onion Valley Trailhead

PCT456

Location: 36.77294921875, -118.413650512695

Trail junction

PCT457

Location: 36.7732849121094, -118.41756439209

Resume PCT

PCT458

Location: 36.7896156311035, -118.412101745605

Glen Pass

PCT459

Location: 36.801815032959, -118.403198242188

Rae Lakes, Sixty Lakes Basin trail junction

PCT460

Location: 36.806583404541, -118.398048400879

Bear box

PCT461

Location: 36.8112182617188, -118.400650024414

Spur to Rae Lakes Ranger Station

PCT462

Location: 36.8146324157715, -118.404998779297

Bear box @ Lower Rae Lakes and good camping

PCT463

Location: 36.8344993591309, -118.40811920166

Spur to Baxter Pass

PCT464

Location: 36.8498001098633, -118.41242980957

Crossing at South Fork Woods Creek

PCT465

Location: 36.8734321594238, -118.436965942383

Wooden suspension bridge over Woods Creek and bear locker

PCT466

Location: 36.9025497436523, -118.400550842285

Sawmill Pass trail junction

PCT467

Location: 36.9362182617188, -118.412483215332

Pinchot Pass

PCT468

Location: 36.9694328308106, -118.44116973877

High water log crossing at South Fork Kings River

PCT469

Location: 37.0317153930664, -118.460098266602

Mather Pass

PCT470

Location: 37.054500579834, -118.514701843262

Deer Meadow campsite

PCT471

Location: 37.0526466369629, -118.578674316406

Middle Fork Kings River Junction; follow signs for JMT N into LeConte Canyon

PCT472

Location: 37.1106147766113, -118.60489654541

Campsite at Big Pete Meadow

PCT473

Location: 37.1132507324219, -118.633163452148

Helen Lake Outlet, climb continues

PCT474

Location: 37.1186676025391, -118.659866333008

Muir Hut on Muir Pass

PCT475

Location: 37.1119842529297, -118.670913696289

Crossing at Evolution Lake inlet

PCT476

Location: 37.1878547668457, -118.745513916016

Nice, flat camp on Mc Clure Meadow with sublime views of The Hermit and Evolution Peaks

PCT477

Location: 37.1949996948242, -118.773170471191

Old PCT junction @ Evolution Creek; high-water crossing can be swift

PCT478

Location: 37.1954650878906, -118.781669616699

Rejoin new PCT @ crossing of Evolution Creek

PCT479

Location: 37.1930160522461, -118.794967651367

Bridge over South Fork San Joaquin River and Goddard Canyon trail junction

PCT480

Location: 37.2029647827148, -118.800537109375

Cross metal bridge

PCT481

Location: 37.2252502441406, -118.832748413086

Bridge, leaving Kings Canyon NP into Sierra National Forest

PCT482

Location: 37.2258987426758, -118.860786437988

Florence Lake trail junction

PCT483

Location: 37.2420997619629, -118.871696472168

Spur to Florence Lake trail and Muir Trail Ranch

PCT484

Location: 37.2535514831543, -118.864646911621

Senger Creek

PCT485

Location: 37.270133972168, -118.87654876709

Outlet of eastern of Sally Keyes Lakes

PCT486

Location: 37.2809181213379, -118.874649047852

Outlet of Heart Lake

PCT487

Location: 37.2899169921875, -118.872802734375

Selden Pass

PCT488

Location: 37.3218841552734, -118.868286132812

Leaving PCT to cross Bear Creek at three forks section; use caution at dangerous ford

PCT489

Location: 37.3301658630371, -118.866882324219

Return to PCT at normal crossing of Bear Creek

PCT490

Location: 37.3680000305176, -118.888153076172

PCT leaves Bear Creek to climb ridge

PCT491

Location: 37.3825340270996, -118.910369873047

Trail to Bear Ridge trailhead and foot access to Vermillion Valley Resort

PCT492

Location: 37.4125175476074, -118.924369812012

Leaving PCT for ferry across Edison Lake to Vermillion Valley Ranch at this junction

PCT493

Location: 37.405216217041, -118.942367553711

Ferry landing

PCT494

Location: 37.3757019042969, -119.012451171875

Vermillion Valley Resort (http://www.edisonlake.com) first beer and one-night stay in platform tents free for thru-hikers; meals in diner are pricey, but filling

PCT495

Location: 37.4701652526856, -118.923233032227

Silver Pass

PCT496

Location: 37.5013008117676, -118.924835205078

Bridge over Fish Creek

PCT497

Location: 37.5273170471191, -118.94913482666

Outlet of Purple Lake; no camping allowed

PCT498

Location: 37.5393180847168, -118.970970153809

Creek

PCT499

Location: 37.5634651184082, -119.033714294434

Deer Creek; campsites

PCT500

Location: 37.5911483764648, -119.058486938477

Creek below Red Cones and Mammoth Pass Trail

PCT501

Location: 37.6099166870117, -119.075347900391

Rainbow Falls trail

PCT502

Location: 37.6150016784668, -119.074851989746

Red's Meadow Resort: great diner and moderately stocked store; thermal showers at group campsites; shuttles run to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and town bus runs into Mammoth town

PCT503

Location: 37.6270179748535, -119.085548400879

Bridge near Devils Postpile

PCT504

Location: 37.6328010559082, -119.088653564453

Resume PCT @ split with JMT

PCT505

Location: 37.6531677246094, -119.080032348633

Bridge over Middle Fork San Joaquin River

PCT506

Location: 37.6824493408203, -119.097518920898

Another trail to Shadow Lake

PCT507

Location: 37.6819839477539, -119.086334228516

Agnew Meadow parking lot

PCT508

Location: 37.6828002929688, -119.084617614746

High trail trailhead

PCT509

Location: 37.7232666015625, -119.132484436035

Great camping with view of the Minarets, Banner Peak and Mount Ritter -- the centerpiece summits of the grand Ritter Range

PCT510

Location: 37.7253494262695, -119.134414672852

Trail to Clarke Lake

PCT511

Location: 37.7285346984863, -119.171279907227

JMT and PCT merge @ Thousand Island Lake

PCT512

Location: 37.761833190918, -119.249366760254

Donohue Pass trail; enter Yosemite National Park

PCT513

Location: 37.777416229248, -119.261833190918

Bridge over Lyell Fork

PCT514

Location: 37.7943000793457, -119.263000488281

Campsite in grass just off trail along Lyell Fork

PCT515

Location: 37.8667488098144, -119.322151184082

Bridge and trail junction to Tuolumne Pass

PCT516

Location: 37.8687171936035, -119.333068847656

Spur to campground and store; not official PCT

PCT517

Location: 37.8778076171875, -119.338722229004

Nearing Tioga Road; Lembert Dome to N

PCT518

Location: 37.8742980957031, -119.35710144043

Tuolumne Meadows General Store--fully stocked and package service @ US Post Office; backpackers campsite nearby S of road

PCT519

Location: 37.8769798278809, -119.353065490723

Turn L @ parking lot and follow the gravel road

PCT520

Location: 37.8791007995606, -119.366851806641

PCT trailhead sign; here the JMT goes S to Yosemite Valley and the PCT heads to Glen Aulin High Sierra camp. Enjoy the views of Tuolumne Meadows framed by the Cathedral Range while heading northbound

PCT524

Location: 37.8851089477539, -119.377288818359

Cross Delaney Creek

PCT525

Location: 37.8884162902832, -119.380668640137

Go L @ Young Lakes trail

PCT526

Location: 37.9015007019043, -119.412452697754

Multi-section bridge over the roaring Tuolumne River

PCT527

Location: 37.9064178466797, -119.418251037598

See the rushing cascades of Tuolumne Falls from here

PCT528

Location: 37.907901763916, -119.420700073242

Go R @ McGee Lake trail junction

PCT529

Location: 37.9090995788574, -119.420249938965

Bridge below White Cascade

PCT530

Location: 37.9095840454102, -119.419853210449

Bridge going R to Glen Aulin High Sierra camp (don't cross it)

PCT531

Location: 37.9535484313965, -119.405700683594

The trail welcomes you into a large meadow in Cold Canyon; in early season mosquitoes can be horrible

PCT532

Location: 37.9958152770996, -119.378799438477

Go L @ McCabe Lake trail

PCT533

Location: 38.0049324035644, -119.377479553223

Virginia Canyon creek

PCT536

Location: 38.0049171447754, -119.377449035645

Virginia Canyon creek; can be a dangerous ford

PCT537

Location: 38.0065498352051, -119.376731872559

Virginia Canyon trail; go straight, bearing W

PCT538

Location: 38.0069007873535, -119.390502929688

Cross Spiller Creek

PCT539

Location: 37.9939994812012, -119.418434143066

N end of Miller Lake

PCT540

Location: 38.014949798584, -119.413032531738

Go L @ Matterhorn Canyon trail

PCT541

Location: 38.0140991210938, -119.414520263672

Matterhorn Creek

PCT542

Location: 38.0198173522949, -119.448280334473

Last ford of Wilson Creek; head up to Benson Pass on well-graded path for fairly easy climb

PCT543

Location: 38.0151481628418, -119.461196899414

Benson Pass

PCT544

Location: 38.0121650695801, -119.486618041992

Smedberg Lake

PCT545

Location: 38.0061340332031, -119.493103027344

R @ junction to Rodgers Lake

PCT546

Location: 38.0057983398438, -119.497314453125

R @ Pleasant Valley trail junction

PCT547

Location: 38.0228958129883, -119.52001953125

Cross Piute Creek with Benson Lake Spur trail going L; Piute Creek can be a deep, wet ford in the spring and early summer even though the current is minimal in this wide river. A visit to the "Benson Riviera," a large sandy beach on Benson Lake's N shore is well worth the detour, but the bugs can be bad in this wet, heavily vegetated area.
PIC; roll 112; 1283; A hiker hoists her pack above her head crossing Piute Creek

PCT548

Location: 38.0391502380371, -119.526863098145

Beautiful sparkling pond nestled amongst granite, which should not be passed quickly. It's well protected from the wind, fairly warm and has great diving rocks. Be sure to camp 100 ft. from shore; no fires

PCT549

Location: 38.0449485778809, -119.522285461426

Seavey Pass

PCT550

Location: 38.044750213623, -119.572463989258

Go R @ Kerrick Creek and Bear Valley Trail Junction; Kerrick Creek can be a very dangerous ford.

PCT551

Location: 38.0592651367188, -119.59008026123

Stubblefield Creek

PCT552

Location: 38.0629005432129, -119.624382019043

Go R @ Tiltill Valley trail

PCT553

Location: 38.0641670227051, -119.623718261719

L @ Tilden Lake trail

PCT554

Location: 38.0692176818848, -119.63990020752

S end Wilman Lake

PCT555

Location: 38.0734672546387, -119.645896911621

Falls Canyon Creek crossing; can be dangerous

PCT556

Location: 38.0738487243652, -119.646499633789

Straight @ Laurel Lake junction

PCT557

Location: 38.0877990722656, -119.634002685547

Straight @ Tilden Lake junction

PCT558

Location: 38.1337013244629, -119.619529724121

S end of long and beautiful Grace Meadow

PCT559

Location: 38.1698150634766, -119.601547241211

Straight @ Bond Pass trail

PCT560

Location: 38.1760330200195, -119.59407043457

Dorothy Lake; exposed camping can be found away from the lake

PCT561

Location: 38.1947326660156, -119.570846557617

Cross Cascade Creek and reach the 1,000 mile mark from Mexican Border. This area can be very buggy.

PCT562

Location: 38.1999168395996, -119.568634033203

L @ Y with Walker River trail

PCT563

Location: 38.223934173584, -119.578567504883

Straight @ Cinko River trail

PCT564

Location: 38.2257499694824, -119.576736450195

L @ Long Lake trail and bridge

PCT565

Location: 38.2533149719238, -119.597869873047

Cross creek in Kennedy Canyon

PCT567

Location: 38.294017791748, -119.637153625488

Cross through a notch on E ridge of Leavitt Peak

PCT568

Location: 38.3202590942383, -119.643531799316

Potentially dangerous slope if covered in snow

PCT569

Location: 38.3278350830078, -119.637229919434

Cross CA 108 @ Sonora Pass; turnout and sign explaining history of passes in area. Campground a few hundred feet W; hitch W to the northern Kennedy Meadows Resort for food and relaxation or hitch E down to Bridgeport for a town with more services

The Big Hill

Location: 36.5658912658691, -118.349266052246

Postcard views of Mount Whitney's helmet-shaped crest from the west. ©Jack Haskel

Crossing Whitney Creek

Location: 36.5622253417969, -118.350608825684

A PCT'er negotiates a creek crossing while a fellow hiker balances the log. ©Jack Haskel

Mount Hitchcock Reflection

Location: 36.5673141479492, -118.304595947266

This ridge frames the south end of the Whitney Basin. ©Jack Haskel

Climbing to Trail Crest

Location: 36.5612297058106, -118.298599243164

Still in the shadow of early day, a PCT'er climbs to the turnoff for Mount Whitney. ©Jack Haskel

Summit Push

Location: 36.5758171081543, -118.293853759766

A PCT'er climbs along the block-filled route to Whitney's summit. ©Jack Haskel

Along the Sierra Crest

Location: 36.5727653503418, -118.289733886719

This view over Mount Muir and the tilted ridge south of Whitney reveals a snowy landscape stretching to the Great Western Divide. ©Jack Haskel

Whitney Hut

Location: 36.5794830322266, -118.29224395752

The Mount Whitney Hut and was built in 1909 as a station for meteorological observations and is now a National Historic Landmark. The metal roof of this hut attracts lightning which can be conducted through the building to individuals inside. Do not seek shelter here during a storm. It is unsafe to be anywhere on top of the mountain or any exposed high place during a thunderstorm.©Jack Haskel

Jack at the register

Location: 36.5791282653809, -118.290725708008

Map contributor Jack Haskel stands next to the Whitney Hut with the Kaweah Peaks in the background. ©Jack Haskel

Into the Whitney Basin

Location: 36.5777854919434, -118.293678283691

The iconically shaped Guitar Lake rests in the Whitney Basin, with the Great Western Divide and Kaweah Peaks in the background. ©Jack Haskel

Bighorn Plateau

Location: 36.6156921386719, -118.376556396484

Head-turning views open up on the sparse terrain of the Bighorn Plateau. ©Jack Haskel

Climbing to Forester Pass

Location: 36.6913719177246, -118.373733520508

With the Kaweah Ridge behind, a PCT'er continues the trip north. ©Jack Haskel

Snowfield

Location: 36.680347442627, -118.37964630127

Two PCT'ers traverse a deep snowfield south of Forester Pass. ©Jack Haskel

Steep View

Location: 36.6932525634766, -118.372924804688

Knife-edged switchbacks provide long-range views over the Great Western Divide. ©Jack Haskel

At the pass

Location: 36.6943283081055, -118.372299194336

Three PCT'ers relish in cresting Forester, the highest pass on the PCT. ©Jack Haskel

Jack at the Pass

Location: 36.6951332092285, -118.373558044434

Contributor Jack Haskel sits on the Sequoia-Kings Canyon boundary at Forest Pass. ©Jack Haskel

Long Glissade

Location: 36.6984519958496, -118.370147705078

Coming off of Forester, a PCT'er takes the short way down. ©Jack Haskel

Kings Canyon

Location: 36.7130584716797, -118.368804931641

After Forester, the PCT enters the north end of Kings Canyon, a deep, glacially carved trench.
©Jack Haskel

East Vidette

Location: 36.764217376709, -118.408012390137

Rising above Kings Canyon and Vidette Meadow is the triangular point of East Vidette. ©Jack Haskel

Kearsarge Pinnacles

Location: 36.773868560791, -118.380409240723

Travelling to Kearsarge Pass, the jagged edge of the Kearsarge Pinnacles stand above a lake-dappled basin. ©Jack Haskel

Kearsarge Pass

Location: 36.773193359375, -118.375022888184

A PCT'er stands at the Kings Canyon border at Kearsarge Pass. ©Jack Haskel

Rae Lakes

Location: 36.7993545532227, -118.401931762695

A granite-encrusted lake basin with a narrow isthmus. ©Jack Haskel

Painted Lady

Location: 36.8042030334473, -118.400131225586

The Painted Lady, a dome of varicolored bands, hovers over Upper Rae Lake. ©Jack Haskel

Rae Lakes and Fin Dome

Location: 36.8125534057617, -118.403991699219

Views over the granite domes and craggy tars of the popular Rae Lakes Basin. ©Jack Haskel

Lonesome Path

Location: 36.8386726379394, -118.407402038574

A PCT'er strides into the verdant reaches of Kings Canyon. ©Jack Haskel

Big ford

Location: 36.8274536132812, -118.409202575684

A PCT'er crosses a cold, swift creek in Kings Canyon NP. ©Jack Haskel

Storms approaching Mather Pass

Location: 36.9360618591309, -118.412261962891

A PCT'er big-sticks to Mather Pass, with a storm brewing to the south. ©Jack Haskel

Up to Mather Pass

Location: 37.0308265686035, -118.459854125977

Deep snow on the path to Mather Pass. ©Jack Haskel

Long Slog to Muir Pass

Location: 37.1216316223144, -118.652320861816

High snow blankets the bench leading to Muir Pass. ©Jack Haskel

The Muir Hut

Location: 37.1128921508789, -118.667640686035

Perched on an exposed ridge, the Muir Hut welcomes weary hikers with shelter. ©Jack Haskel

Climbing to Muir Pass

Location: 37.1143379211426, -118.663543701172

The large basin of Helen Lake makes for a long final climb to Muir Pass. Deep ©Jack Haskel

One of the locals

Location: 37.1121711730957, -118.670166015625

A local marmot hangs out in the Muir Hut. ©Jack Haskel

Evolution Basin from Muir Pass

Location: 37.113525390625, -118.671295166016

The snow basin of Wanda Lake opens up once you crest Muir Pass. ©Jack Haskel

Evolution Valley View

Location: 37.1753425598144, -118.701751708984

Looking down from Evolution Lake's bench see far-off views north over the Goddard Divide. ©Jack Haskel

Flooded Meadow

Location: 37.1870574951172, -118.742034912109

Evolution Creek reaches the trail in high water. In low water, the creek flows past the little green clumps in the center of the frame. ©Jack Haskel

Evolution Valley

Location: 37.187328338623, -118.746627807617

Evolution Creek floods McClure Meadow, creating a virtual lake. The Hermit and Mt. Darwin Bench reflect in the glassy watercourse. ©Jack Haskel

Sierra Alpenglow

Location: 37.1861572265625, -118.743743896484

Early stages of dusk paint the Hermit and Mt. Mendel soft-pink against azure skies. ©Jack Haskel

A Raging Shower

Location: 37.1953468322754, -118.781234741211

Contributor Jack Haskel showers under the frigid spill-off from Evolution Creek. ©Jack Haskel

Freaked-out Crossing

Location: 37.194896697998, -118.78556060791

Contributor Jack Haskel stands gape-mouthed at the relentless torrents of Evolution Creek. Be wary: early-spring melt in the Sierras can create dangerous fords. ©Jack Haskel

Fery Landing

Location: 37.4058876037598, -118.941940307617

PCT'ers wait at the Edison Lake boat dock for the ferry to Vermillion Valley Resort. ©Jack Haskel

Edison Queen

Location: 37.3890609741211, -118.955963134766

With the Vermillion Cliffs in the background, PCT'ers rest on the deck of the Edison Queen, Vermillion Valley Resort's ferry shuttle. ©Jack Haskel

Raging Creek

Location: 37.4419136047363, -118.918121337891

A lone PCT'er makes the slippery crossing where Silver Pass Creek tumbles from the bedrock. ©Jack Haskel

Jack at Silver Pass

Location: 37.4704513549805, -118.922584533691

Contributor Jack Haskel gives two thumbs-up to the views at Silver Pass, which span the Cascade Valley, Ritter Range and craggy Silver Divide. ©Jack Haskel

Glissade from Silver Pass

Location: 37.4704513549805, -118.923400878906

PCT'ers line up for a sweet snow slide session. ©Jack Haskel

Silver Pass Glissade

Location: 37.4716491699219, -118.9228515625

A PCT'er shows how it's done on the glissade down Silver Pass. ©Jack Haskel

Lazy bends of Tully Hole

Location: 37.5019569396973, -118.920959472656

©Jack Haskel

The Postpile From Above

Location: 37.6152763366699, -119.087455749512

©Jack Haskel

Devils Postpile

Location: 37.6166381835938, -119.087455749512

One of the world’s finest examples of columnar basalt that towers 60 feet high and display an unusual symmetry. ©Jack Haskel

Banner and Ritter

Location: 37.7337417602539, -119.154396057129

Banner Peak and Mt. Ritter from the PCT. ©Jack Haskel

Banner Peak

Location: 37.7321968078613, -119.183013916016

Snow-clad Banner Peak rises above the iced-over Thousand Lake basin. ©Jack Haskel

Dononue Pass

Location: 37.7580032348633, -119.243179321289

PCT'ers relax after entering Yosemite National Park. ©Jack Haskel

Jack at the Muir Hut

Location: 37.1121711730957, -118.671340942383

Contributor Jack Haskel stands at the doorway to the Muir Hut before the descent into the Evolution Basin. ©Jack Haskel

Inside the hut

Location: 37.1117172241211, -118.670074462891

A couple PCTer's take a break in the warmth of the Muir Hut©Jack Haskel

Jack at VVR

Location: 37.3760223388672, -119.012016296387

Contributor Jack Haskel stands at the VVR Mexico-to-Canada sign that greets thru-hikers. ©Jack Haskel

Piute Creek Crossing

Location: 38.0228500366211, -119.519241333008

A hiker hoists her pack above her head crossing Piute Creek. ©Jack Haskel

Climbing to the county line

Location: 38.2486152648926, -119.614402770996

A hiker climbs towards the Mono/Tuolumne County line in deep early-season snow. ©Jack Haskel