Photographs from the Photography on the Run post: Cottonwood Pass – New Army Pass Loop 2018
Breathe deeply! This short stretch along Horseshoe Meadow is the only part of the Cottonwood Pass - New Army Pass loop that is (slightly) below 10,000'. Cottonwood Pass (11,160') can be seen in the distance.
Horseshoe Meadow from the Cottonwood Pass Trail. Smoke from California's wildfires filled the Owens Valley.
Nearing the top of Cottonwood Pass.
Smoke billowing up along the Sierra crest. The smoke was from wildfires in the Central Sierra. No fire was nearby.
Cottonwood Pass (11,160').
Meadow along the PCT near Cottonwood Pass.
Foxtail pines along the PCT near Chicken Spring Lake.
Chicken Spring Lake from the PCT.
Big Whitney Meadow from the PCT.
A lion of the mountains, shaped by untold millennia of wind and weather. Mt. Kaweah is in the distance.
The effect of past climate variations on the treeline has been studied using the tree rings of long dead foxtail pines in the Cirque Peak area.
Siberian Outpost and Mt. Anna Mills from the PCT.
This is the junction you don't want to miss. The connector trail to upper Rock Creek forks right from the PCT.
Continuing toward Rock Creek.
Bigelow's sneezeweed along Rock Creek. August 4, 2018.
Working up Rock Creek basin. Elevation here is about 11,200'.
Approaching the glacier-cut headwall in Rock Creek basin. The trail goes to the base of the headwall and then right,
One of two intriguing granite fins along the Rock Creek Trail as it works up toward Army Pass and New Army Pass.
The second granite fin Were the fins eroded in place or upturned as trail markers? Army Pass is out of the frame to the right.
New Army Pass (12,300').
First switchback on the east side of New Army Pass. The snow patch in the cirque is the most persistant in the area.
Cottonwood Lakes basin on the descent from New Army Pass.
Excellent running at 11,300' on the New Army Pass Trail between High Lake and Long Lake.
Alpine gentian on the New Army Pass Trail near Long Lake. August 4, 2018.
Cottonwood Lake Number Two. Elevation is about 11,000'.
Gnarled foxtail pine between Cottonwood Lakes Two and One.
Google Earth overview of the Cottonwood Pass - New Army Pass loop.
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