Driving up Hwy 168 out of Bishop to the North Lake parking area, where we will spend the night. Was raining off and on on the way here.
Next morning. It was about a quater mile hike to reach the trailhead from the parking area. Sooz and Earnie up front, with Andy and Kathy just ahead of me. The plan was to meet John at Mesa Lake.
Earnie, Andy, Sooz, Kathy and me behind the camera taking the photo at the Piute/Lamarck trailhead at 9,300 feet.
Kathy about to cross the first stream while Earnie and Sooz wait on the other side.
Andy making his way across the same crossing.
Sooz on the second stream crossing.
Looking up at the Piute Crags from the trail.
Kathy getting a shot of the flowers that were along the trail.
A view down the valley. Clouds started forming early this morning, think it's going to rain.
This waterfall and pool are at the outlet of Loch Leven Lake.
Sooz, Earnie and Kathy were moving faster than Andy and myself. We caught up to them taking a break at Loch Leven Lake at 10,743 feet.
The wind stopped long enough for me to get a few reflection shots. The low spot in the distance is Piute Pass.
Looking back on Loch Leven from further up the trail. Clouds are getting darker.
One of the small unnamed lakes.
Falls along the trail. The North Fork of Bishop Creek flows down this canyon.
Looking back down on Piute Lake 10,958 feet.
Almost to the pass. Sooz up ahead crossing the snow field that leads to the pass.
Kathy on the snow, almost to the pass.
A view of Summit Lake to the west from Piute Pass at 11,423 feet. Not only are those clouds dark, we could hear thunder. All of us put on the rain gear.
Andy with Muriel Peak. After taking a snack break and putting on the rain gear we hiked on towards Mesa Lake where we should meet up with John.
It's raining. Kathy and her pack are ready for the rain that we hiked in for the next couple of hours.
One of the locals was checking us out as we hiked by.
The group at a stream crossing.
A large pond along the trail. It's raining really hard now, also a lot of thunder and lightning.
We finally reached Lower Desolation Lake at 11,200 feet, Mesa Lake is about a mile away.
The first marmot I saw was just past Lower Desolation Lake. We saw a lot of them on this trip.
Looking back on Lower Desolation Lake as we hike on.
At Desolation Lake at 11,375 feet. The rain stopped when we reached the lake.
Crossing the outlet stream from Desolation Lake. A cloud shrouded Mount Humphreys in the background.
Mesa Lake should be just over this little climb.
Making our way down to Mesa Lake. We will camp here for the next two days. That little spot at the lake is John fishing, he's here.
When I got to John, he had just caught this beautiful golden trout. You don't see many of these.
Our campsite had a great area to cook and hang out. Mount Humphreys 13,986 feet is free of clouds now.
At sunset we took a hike around the Mesa Lake.
Hiking around the lake was a great idea, we all got some nice shots. The pointy peak, is Pilot Knob at 12,245 feet. We plan to climb it tomorrow.
The view of the Glacier Divide and the moon from my tent the next morning.
Our campsite at Mesa Lake. This is one of the nicest spots I've camped at.
Morning's group shot. Joe(me), John, Andy, Earnie, Kathy and Sooz. John and Earnie hiked out this morning, while the rest of us plan to climb Pilot Knob.
On our way to climb Pilot. The whole route will be XC which will be about a 5 mile round trip.
A view of the Glacier Divide and Tomahawk Lake.
Our route took us past Square Lake. We could see Pilot Knob for most of the hike.
Another shot of Square Lake and the Glacier Divide.
One last shot of Square Lake.
More snow to climb. From the top, we should be able to get a good view of Pilot so we can figure out a route to it's summit.
We get our first good look at the route to the summit. The plan is to climb to the saddle, then follow the ridge to the peak.
Looking down on Knob Lake as we make our way to the saddle.
Getting close to the saddle.