John Muir Trail Revisited (4) 11-Sep-2022

Clarice Lake off the John Muir Trail, California

Day 4: Layover Near Clarice Lake

We had built one layover day into our plan – always a good idea when dealing with powers beyond your control. So, after being drenched by rain and beaten by hail yesterday, we decided to cash in our layover day today. Which was good, because today was warm, sunny 😎, and dry – almost all day. 😃

We lounged around camp, did a short hike to see Clarice and Laura Lakes, took a lot of photos, read a bit, and – most importantly – dried everything. And we were far enough off the John Muir Trail (JMT) that we didn’t see anyone else for the whole day. We had a truly excellent day in the High Sierra. 😁

Ritter Range, Ansel Adams Wilderness, California
The Ritter Range at dawn
Mount Ritter and Banner Peak at dawn, Ansel Adams Wilderness, California
Mount Ritter (L) and Banner Peak (R) at dawn
Clyde Minaret, California
Clyde Minaret at dawn
Clyde Minaret, California
Close-up of Clyde Minaret at dawn
Volcanic Ridge from above Clarice Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness, California
Volcanic Ridge from above Clarice Lake
Volcanic Ridge above a rainwater pool, Ansel Adams Wilderness, California
Volcanic Ridge above a rainwater pool
Early morning at Clarice Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness, California
Early morning at Clarice Lake
Clouds over Clarice Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness, California
Clouds over Clarice Lake
Rock in the waters I
Rock in the waters II
Reflection of a pine tree in Clarice Lake
Overlooking Laura Lake and the valley of the Middle Fork San Joaquin River
Overlooking Laura Lake and the valley of the Middle Fork San Joaquin River
Laura Lake with San Joaquin Mountain and Two Teats in the distance, High Sierra, California
Laura Lake with San Joaquin Mountain and Two Teats in the distance
Rock in a root
Root on a rock
Lichen on a rock
Cans from campers past
Needles on the waters
Advection fog over the waters
Fog of Clarice Lake at close of day, Ansel Adams Wilderness, California
Fog descends on Clarice Lake at close of day
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