Driving to the Whitney Portal out of Lone Pine to hike up Thor Peak. The hike will start on the main Whitney Trail until I reach the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek, then following the creek trail to Lower Boy Scout Lake then up to Thor Peak.
View of Thor Peak from the Whitney Portal Road.
Joe, me at the Mount Whitney Trailhead. The hike to Thor Peak starts here at 8,300 feet.
On the Whitney Trail. The top of Thor Peak shows from behind the ridge.
The Portal waterfall from the trail.
This is where the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek crosses the trail. A trail comes off the main trail here and heads up the North Fork. This is the trail to the Whitney Mountaineer's Route, it's also the route I'll take to Thor Peak.
A short way up the trail I found this sign. They what you to pack out your poop.
It had these pack out your poop kits.
This was my first time on this trail, only saw four other folks the whole day on it.
Saw this cool looking Scarlet Tanager, but it was to far away to get a good photo.
First stream crossing.
Looking down the canyon.
Hiking along the Ebersbacher Ledges.
This is the section of the ledges you have to climb to reach the upper part of the trail.
The start of the route on the Ebersbacher Ledges.
After the second stream crossing the trail was flooded.
This waterfall is dumping on the trail, cool little rainbow on the left.
Looking back from the other side of the waterfall. Crossed through the brush on the left.
This is where you first climb up on the Ebersbacher Ledges.
This is the only section of the ledges that made me a little nervous. Good thing it was short.
Looking down on the trail from the ledges.
The Alabama Hills from the ledges.
Same view from higher up.
Whitney's needles come into view. The trail goes along this wall.
Looking back as I hike along the ledges.
Lot of flowers here.
Looking down the side of the trail, flowers all the way to the bushes.
Stopped by this waterfall to cool down a little, sun was really hot.
Starting to get a better view of Whitney's summit.
Zoomed in on the same shot.
At Lower Boy Scout Lake at 10,330 feet. Stopped here to eat. This is where I'll leave the trail and start climbing to Thor Peak.
This grouse was keeping an eye on me while I was taking a break.
Looking up the canyon from the lake. That would be the way to Whitney's mountaineer's route. There is a lot of water flowing here but it's hard to see in this pic. On my way out there was more than twice as much flow.
I'll be climbing this slope to the ridge then following the ridge to the peak.
Closer view of the lake as I make my way to the slope.
Looking up the slope from about half way up.
Looking down on Lower Boy Scout Lake and it's meadow.
Almost to the ridge. Some sections of this slope were really loose.
Another view of the lake as I near the ridge. It took me over an hour to climb this slope.
When I reached the ridge, looked down to see this marmot on the edge checking out the view.
Looking up at the peak.
View to the northwest as I make my way to the peak.
Zoomed in on the peaks.
My stuff on the summit of Thor Peak with Mt Whitney in the background. The summit register is in the pile of small rocks at the upper left, which is the actual summit.
The summit register.
Me on the summit of Thor Peak at 12,300 feet with a view to the east.