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TR: 9/3/13-9/6/13 Rae Lakes Loop

Postby larroyo33 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:01 pm

This is a pretty popular hike, so I will keep the trip report short.

Day 1: We headed down to Roads End on Tuesday morning, hoping to complete the loop in four days. Our goal for the first day was Upper Paradise Valley. It was overcast for the whole day and sprinkled a bit on us as we headed up Woods Creek to Lower Paradise Valley. When we got to Lower Paradise Valley, we ran into a bear sitting right next to the trail. We decided it was a good time to turn around and go filter water. But shortly after starting to filter, it started raining and we began to hear thunder. The thunder must have scared off the bear because he was not there when we got back to the trail. We decided it was best to just set up camp at Lower Paradise, but after setting up the tent and eating dinner it stopped raining for a while and the weather began to look better. So we pressed on and made it to Upper Paradise right before sunset.

ImageThe Sphinx

ImageMist Falls

ImageMe And Tak In Lower Paradise Valley

Day 2: The second day was somewhat overcast, but it never rained on us. We headed up to Castle Domes Meadow in the morning, took a break by the creek, and then made it to the JMT in the early afternoon. We wanted to make it to Middle Rae Lake that night, but we slowed down on the climb up the JMT and ended up making camp at Arrowhead Lake and enjoyed a good sunset.

ImageHeaded Down To Castle Dome Meadows

ImageLooking Down The JMT

ImageDollar Lake

ImageArrowhead Lake's Outlet

ImageArrowhead Lake Sunset

ImageArrowhead Lake

Day 3: We woke up and checked out the three Rae Lakes and then headed up to Glen Pass. We both were definitely feeling the elevation hiking up to the Pass, but we made it to the top around noon and soaked in the views. We then hiked down to Bubbs Creek and made camp at Junction Meadow. We were the only two people there that night.

ImageMorning Light On Fin Dome

ImageMiddle Rae Lake And The Painted Lady

ImageUs At Rae Lakes

ImageLooking Back At Rae Lakes

ImageUs At Glen Pass

ImageEast Vidette From The JMT

Day 4: We got an early start and hiked down Bubbs Creek to Roads End. We made it to the car by 1 pm and headed home.

ImageKings Canyon

ImageWoods Creek Behind Us
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Re: TR: 9/3/13-9/6/13 Rae Lakes Loop

Postby justm » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:15 pm

Those photos are amazing !!! The water levels look really low. Thanks for the TR :)
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Postby cloudlesssky » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:57 pm

Love the photos - thanks for the TR.
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Postby kpeter » Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:14 pm

You have some gorgeous photos. My favorite is "Looking down the JMT." Just something about catching the trail that lends some intimacy to the gorgeous backdrop. Nice!
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Postby DriveFly44 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:18 pm

One of my fav parts of the jmt. You captured it beautifully. Thanks for sharing your TR.


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Re: TR: 9/3/13-9/6/13 Rae Lakes Loop

Postby larroyo33 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:17 am

Thanks for the comments
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TR: 9/3/13-9/6/13 Rae Lakes Loop

Postby Bluewater » Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:47 am

Thanks for the beautiful photos! If you don't mind an amateur photography question, were you using a DSLR?
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Postby Trailguru » Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:35 pm

Along with Bluewater's question, did you also use any filters after the pictures were taken. Those pictures are incredible, btw. Thanks for sharing them
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Postby larroyo33 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:43 pm

Thanks for the compliments. I use a compact system camera, a Sony NEX-7, it has an SLR equivalent sensor but is much lighter than an DSLR and better for backpacking. I did not use any filters but I do use post processing to make the pictures HDR.
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Postby Bluewater » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:23 am

Thanks for the information regarding your NEX-7. I've been considering that camera as the next step in upgrading my setup so it was good to see some actual examples of what it can do. Thanks again.
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