Lori, Susan, Sooz and Joe(me) at the High Trail Trailhead at 8,400'.
Entering the Ansel Adams Wilderness.
Sooz and Susan. Banner Peak can be seen in the distance.
Looking down on Shadow Lake from the High Trail. The Minarerts, Mt Ritter and Banner Peak in the background.
Susan checks the map.
There was a lot of fall color in the area.
Looking through the aspens.
Lori is a fast hiker, we finally caught up to her here while she was taking a break.
The view from the break spot.
After a short rest we were off again.
The girls at a trail junction.
One of the Badger Lakes just off the trail. We saw a couple of deer near here.
We got a good view of Banner Peak as we approached Thousand Island Lake.
The view of Banner Peak as we hiked along Thousand Island Lake looking for a campsite.
The view of Banner from our campsite.
Another view from our campsite looking towards the lake's outlet.
We had a cool campsite. This made a great cooking area.
The next morning Susan and Lori had to head out. It was good to see Susan again (it's been awhile) and meeting Lori for the first time.
Sooz and I had an extra day so we decided to hike to North Glacier Pass.
North Glacier Pass is the low spot on the ridge.
Zoomed in on one of the glaciers on Banner.
Looking back on Thousand Island Lake as we start to climb. San Joaquin Mountain and Two Teats in the distance.
From a little higher up.
We were surprised to find such a nice trail heading up to the pass.
Our last view of the lake as we hike up into the canyon.
The ground was colorful in this area.
Closer look at the small red leaf plants that added so much color.
Banner had a different look to it from this angle.
Some cool looking stuff on the right side of the canyon we were hiking up.
Looking back down the canyon. This is where the trail ended and the rocks started.
Sooz in the rocks. The going got a lot harder through the rocks.
Looking up towards the false pass, the real one is a short ways behind.
Me and Sooz on North Glacier Pass 11,200' with Banner Peak behind us. This is far as we hiked. We had great views of Banner, Ritter and Lake Catherine from here.
Looking north from the pass.
Banner Peak 12,945'.
Mount Ritter 13,157'.
The other end of Lake Catherine.
We found this spot out of the wind to have lunch.
Annie's Spire northwest of the pass. After lunch and taking a lot of photos, we started the hike back to camp.
Looking back down at all the rocks we had to climb through to get back on the trail.
Back on the rocks.
Thousand Island Lake comes back into view.
The next morning the water was still. This shot is from camp.
We are packed up and ready for the hike out.
One last look at Banner Peak before we start out.
Looking back on Thousand Island Lake and part of the Ritter Range as we hike out on the JMT.