Saturday morning. This is the spot I found to sleep Friday night. The plan is to meet the others at Ubehebe Crater at 6:30.
When I got to the crater parking lot at 6:15, Kathy and Jay were already there.
Looking into Ubehebe Crater. Took a few photos while waiting to see who else shows up.
Zoomed in on the colorful pool at the bottom of the crater.
A short time later Alison arrived.
On the Racetrack road. The hike to Tin Mountain starts about 10.5 miles down this road.
When I got out of the truck, I smelled oil. Looking under the truck found that the right front shock blew out it's seals. I never did like washbroad roads, time for some new shocks.
The hike started at 4,825', we were heading for a ridge we planned to climb.
Looking back at the vehicles near the start on the hike.
Making our way to the ridge.
The vehicles are starting to look small as we get up on the ridge.
On the ridge.
Alison making her way up the ridge, views are getting better as we climb.
At the top of this ridge we will get into a little rock climbing.
Kathy and Jay near the base of the rocks.
From this altitude the Racetrack came into view in the upper left of the photo.
Zoomed in on the Racetrack and Ubehebe Peak to the right of it.
Jay and Kathy on the rocks.
Alison with a view to the southwest. This was the first peak she climbed.
We could still see our vehicles far below.
Kathy checking the GPS to see if we were still on track to the peak.
Alison on the steep part of the climb. Hard to believe this was her first peak, she did great.
The first patch of snow we came upon. This peak is just a bump we had to get over
The view from about 8,000'.
Alison in the snow, she is still smiling.
Still a lot of snow on the north side of this unnamed peak.
Zoomed in on the Racetrack from the top of the bump.
After the bump there was a little downhill, felt good. It was a steep hike up to this point.
I was surprised by the amount of snow.
Making our way through knee deep snow towards a false summit. We thought it was Tin but the GPS said we had half a mile to go.
This is Tin Mountain, almost there.
The last climb to the peak, Jay is up ahead near the summit.
Alison following our tracks to the summit.
Alison makes her first peak with a smile.
Joe (me), Jay, Alison and Kathy on Tin Mountain 8,953'.
Kathy and Alison on the peak.
View to the south.
View to the southwest.
Mount Whitney's peak about 50 miles away behind the Inyo Mts, it was a very clear day. This was taken with a lot of zoom.
White Mountain, also zoomed in.
Ladybugs on the summit.
Jay taking photos.
Kathy using the map to pick out the peaks. The peak register next to her had a small log book and it was only half filled starting in 1981. After doing the hike I see why, this was a really tough one.
Alison on the summit, she picked a really tough one for her first peak, the rest will seen easy.
Telescope Peak in the distance.
Another look at the Racetrack.
Packing up for hike down.
Starting down off the peak.