~ Days 8 & 9: High Sierra Trail ~
Days 8 and 9 were spent exploring some of the High Sierra Trail with a side trip to Tamarack Lake. After many years in the High Sierra I was looking forward to finally seeing Precipice Lake and Hamilton Lake, two of the beautiful lakes along the High Sierra Trail. The scenery didn't disappoint and after some bushwhacking I made camp in the dark along the shore of Tamarack Lake.
|Looking down the Big Arroyo|
|Big Arroyo panorama|
|Angel Wings from the High Sierra Trail|
|The first view of Hamilton Lake from the High Sierra Trail.|
|High Sierra Trail Tunnel view|
|Hamilton Lake from the High Sierra Trail|
While hiking down from Precipice Lake I could see an orange spot on the shore of Hamilton Lake below. As I got closer it was clearly an orange tent. Right on the shore of Hamilton Lake. After spending over a week in the backcountry on cross country routes it was strange to see the crowds on this busy section of trail and I was surprised to see someone setup their tent right on the shore, just a few feet from the water. While picking up a permit the rangers always repeat the usual guidelines, "camp at least 100 feet from lakes and trails" etc. We've all heard it a million times.
I took a swim, made lunch and finally walked over to the couple with the orange tent and asked, "hasn't a ranger said anything to you?". The guy seemed surprised, but finally said, "well it looked like someone had camped here before". . . I laughed and another person nearby said, "the ranger will give you a ticket if they see you camped so close to the lake".
I packed up and hiked on and was happy to get away from the busy scene at Hamilton Lake as quickly as possible.
|Restoration Area on Hamilton Lake.|
|Camping in the Restoration Area?|
|View from the High Sierra Trail|
|Sunset from a Sierra swimming hole|
|Granite recliners on Tamarack Lake.|
|Wildflowers on the High Sierra Trail|
|Bushwhacking along the "trail"|
|Forest along the High Sierra Trail|
|Looking back toward Kaweah Gap from the High Sierra Trail|
|Panoramic views along the High Sierra Trail.|
I hiked the 16.5 miles back to the car before dark and started the slow process of 're-entry' into civilization during the long drive home that night.
Thanks for reading!