Other than that for wildlife, we saw, and constantly heard the ubiquitous Clark's nutcrackers and Chickarees, and also saw a variety of alpine chipmunks. Other birdlife in this area was the Cassin's finch, and Oregon juncos; other than that, it was pretty quiet.
For ease of access, great climbing and day hiking opportunities, and for the colorful scenery, 20 Lakes Basin is a good place to know.
Above is the view from the south end of Saddlebag Lake, looking north. Shepherd's Crest is the mountain to the left in the distance, and Tioga Crest is to the right in the frame. The top is most easily reached by hiking up the gentle swale, which lies above the pine forest in this photo.
This is the upper half of that swale.
Bear sliding on the snow.
Note the rugged east side of the crest; the upper basin of Lundy Canyon.
Tioga Crest, with the look and feel of the mountains of South Eastern Oregon.
Last shot, looking north at Shepherd's Crest- a very different crest from Tioga's. It is mostly granite, and pretty steep country on all sides. McCabe Saddle is to the left of Shepherds' Crest, and Sky Pilot Col is immediately to the right. It doesn't look easy does it? Roper says:
...ever-steepening talus leads up to the left side of this bowl to the final indignity, a short but steep scree slope that most hikers will find offensive."
But it does lead one into the sublime country of upper Virginia Canyon. Happy travels.