I drove up to the Crystal Basin on Tuesday because…I didn’t want to work.
I inadvertently met Sarah Mussulman from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. She was at the trailhead getting ready to hike to Highland Lake. She is leading the effort to restore the habitat for the Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog. See more at this link here:
http://www.highsierratopix.com/communit ... f=6&t=9974
This thread is relevant to studies:
http://www.highsierratopix.com/communit ... f=6&t=4033
The wild flowers on the Highland Lake Trail are currently in full bloom.
Forni Lake is still beautiful…
And the Brookies seem to be getting bigger!
The hike up to Tells Peak is pretty straight forward even though the trail fades away a short distance after the lake. It took a while to find the register.
I was surprised to find this little thing.
There were just a few scraps of paper and very small pencil. The latest entries were made on an old print out of one of Snow Burd’s maps. There was no room left on the back of the map, so I contributed an Acme Mapper print out to the register.
I then turned my attention to McConnell Peak. I really should have put more thought into how I should approach this summit. I just saw snow so I opted to climb the other side.
It doesn’t look so bad from this distance.
But after climbing through this mess I can best describe it as class 2 -3 bush whack. It really took quite a bit of effort to reach the summit. Then I had to decide which peak was the summit. I could not find a register and the first peak so I climbed to the other (higher) peak to the south.
I didn’t find a register there either. This is a photo looking north back at the first peak, Tells and Loon Lake.
I still need to climb these two.
Thanks for reading my post.
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