Exceeded: Sabrina Basin. Obviously I must think so since I keep going back. I particularly like Dingleberry, the outlet falls below Moonlight lake, and Baboon Lakes when flowers are blooming.
Exceeded: Sapphire Lake. I had no expectations, but found it the most picturesque of all the lakes in the vicinity of Muir Pass, at the time I was there.
Exceeded: Upper LeConte Canyon. I like the closed-in feel and the waterworks spewing from all directions at the time.
Exceeded: Minarets-Ediza-Garnet-Thousand Island. Because I like photography. And no photographer can fail to appreciate this region, no matter how high the expectations are raised.
Exceeded: Jack Main Canyon. I was there during a massive runoff and the water was beautiful and the rumble was awe inspiring.
Exceeded: Lyell Canyon. The color of the stream through the green meadows framed by dark trees and waterfalls was picture perfect.
Exceeded: Upper Tyee Lakes/Burroughs Mountain. I was just passing through on a loop with no particular expectations, and found it very engaging. The effort/reward is sky high, given that almost no one goes there and it is four miles in. But you have to get past the lower two lakes, which are pretty ordinary.
Disappointed: Cottonwood Lakes/Army Pass area. I was there in a drought which may have reduced its scenic beauty, but I found it more open and drier than I prefer. If I fished I probably would have liked it, since I saw schools of fish congregating in the lakes.
Disappointed: Charlotte Lake. It was a good central location, but not particularly special, and much less picturesque than the whole Kearsarge chain we bypassed to get there.
Disappointed: The Beehive. I had low expectations to begin with, and the experience went lower still, when I emerged from a burn zone to enter into a swamp.
Disappointed: Desolation Lake. It seemed kind of...desolate...to me. Although I saw someone made a fabulous ice skating video there. That looked more interesting!
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