My group met up some some of the floks from TT at Rock Creek Lake for a car camp and and pot luck dinner. We hiked up to Mount Starr, while some of the other folks headed for the Morgan Pass area. Fun weekend.
Fall colors from the back of my truck at the Rock Creek Group Campground. The plan for today is to hike to Mount Starr.
Jay, Dale, Frank, Sooz, Maria, Rebecca, Dave and Kathy standing. Theresa and me, Joe up front. We will be splitting up into two groups. The group I'm with will go for Mount Starr, while the others will head towards Morgan Pass.
Great view as we start the hike from Mosquito Flats.
Looking back towards the trailhead a short way into the hike.
This is where we split up. Left to Morgan Pass, right to Mono Pass and on to Mount Starr.
Jay with the view to the south as we start gaining altitude on the trail to Mono Pass.
Nice colors in Little Lakes Valley.
Sooz and Kathy.
Some of the lakes in Little Lakes Valley are starting to appear as we gain more altitude.
Zoomed in on Marsh Lake.
Heart and Box Lakes.
A small pond next to the trail.
The trail on the left leads to Rudy Lake, we're going right to Mono Pass.
The east side of Mount Starr. We will be climbing it from the west side, it's not as steep.
This hike had great views. Fresh snow on the peak in background from last week's storm.
Zoomed in on the peak.
Mount Morgan across the valley.
Looking down on Rudy Lake.
Zoomed in on Rudy Lake's north shore. Nice colors.
Bear Creek Spire, Mt Dade and Mt Abbot.
Zoomed in on Mt Dade and Mt Abbot.
Jay, Kathy and Sooz on the trail up ahead as we near Mono Passs.
Approaching Mono Pass.
On Mono Pass at 12,000'. We took a short break here to put on more clothes, it's windy.
Zoomed in on Summit Lake from the pass.
We left the trail at Mono Pass and started up the southwest side of Mount Starr.
Looking back down at Mono Pass as we gain some altitude.
Another view of Summit Lake.
This is where we started into the rocks.
The view to the west started to improve as we climbed.
The rocks slowed us down, Jay is up ahead.
We couldn't see the peak while climbing it, Kathy went to the left here.
Sooz and I went straight up.
Mono Pass again.
Sooz on the traverse from the south peak. We got separated from Kathy and Jay as we neared the top and wound up on the south peak.
Looking down on Summit Lake 1000' below.
Sooz on the climb to the north peak. The south peak is in back.
Jay and Kathy on Mount Starr's north peak. They're trying to stay out of the wind.
Jay, Sooz, Kathy and me on Mount Starr 12,835'.
Mount Morgan at 13,748' and some of the lakes in Little Lakes Valley.
Zoomed in on Mount Morgan.
Marsh, Heart, and Box Lakes.
Closer view of Heart and Box Lakes.
Long Lake and Chickenfoot Lake above. The trail to Morgan Pass is visible.
Morgan Pass on the left and a little section of Chickenfoot Lake in the lower left. Pyramid Peak at 12,866' on the right.