At the saddle. We stopped here for a while to eat and take a lot of photos. The ridge we plan following to the summit looks really rocky from here, big rocks.
Alsace Lake to the north from the saddle.
Starting the hike up the rocky ridge.
Kathy on the rocks. Those trees look small down there.
Sooz with Mount Humphreys in background. We had great views while making our way up the ridge.
Kathy and Andy up ahead. The large size of the rocks made climbing a little difficult. The climb from the saddle to the summit is almost all done on rocks.
Andy and Kathy on the summit, Sooz and I still have to cross on this narrow ridge to get there.
Andy, Sooz, Joe(me) and Kathy on the summit of Pilot Knob at 12,245 feet.
The register box was placed here in 1932. The book only goes back to 1999.
Andy looking through the summit register. It's a long way down to Piute Canyon.
Andy, Kathy and Sooz on the summit.
Kathy with Knob Lake below.
Alsace, Paris and Puppet Lakes.
After about an hour on the summit, we started the descent. This is just off the summit.
Andy and Kathy almost to the false summit, it's down from there.
Sooz making her way down the steep section.
Looking back on Pilot. Once we got back to the saddle, the hiking got a lot easier.
A pond we past on the way back to camp.
Almost back to camp.
While we were making dinner, this marmot showed up. He walked around camp for about an hour.
It was easy to get a photo of it.
It was the 4th of July so we did a little celebrating.
This shot of Mesa Lake and the Glacier Divide was taken as we started the long hike out. Kathy was ready early and started out about an hour before us. I hiked out with Sooz and Andy.
One last look at Mesa Lake and Pilot Knob.
Crossing another snow field.
A pond near Desolation Lake.
Making our way to Lower Desolation Lake.
Looking down on Lower Desolation Lake.
From here, we decided to get down to the lake level and hike around it till we ran into the trail.
Hiking along the lake.
Still at Lower Desolation Lake.
Back on the trail. We took a short cut that put in a few XC miles, it saved us a little time and gave us views we wouldn't have seen from the trail.
Summit Lake from Piute Pass. Nice to be able to hike out under blue skys. When we hiked in, it was raining out there.
This junior marmot was hanging out at the pass, it's the smallest one I ever seen. That's the top of Mount Humphreys in back.
Sooz and Andy on the snow just off the pass.
Looking down the valley at some of the lakes.
Rocks and an unnamed mountain.
Back at Piute Lake.
Hiking along Piute Lake.
Looking down on Loch Leven Lake.
At Loch Leven Lake.
The flower lined path back to the trailhead.
Looking down on Hwy 168 from the North Lake Road. You can see the White Mountains in the mirror across the Owens Valley. This was a great trip with a great group of people. Climbing Pilot Knob was the highlight for me.