Photographs from the Photography on the Run post: San Gorgonio Mountain - September 2022
Stand of conifers killed in the 2015 Lake Fire in an area of mixed conifer forest-chaparral. The stand is now dominated by chaparral. September 24, 2022.
Looking up at part of a half-mile long switchback on the Dollar Lake Trail, above South Fork Meadows.
Sugarloaf Mountain (9952') from the Dollar Lake Trail.
Hikers on the Dollar Lake Trail, just beyond a soggy seep at about 9270'.
Looking up at Dollar Lake Saddle (9965') and Charlton Peak (10,806'). The trees were killed in the 2015 Lake FIre.
The Dollar Lake - Dollar Lake Saddle (right) junction. This is at an elevation of about 9530' and 5.75 miles from the South Fork Trailhead.
Rocky section of Dollar Lake Trail. The rock is foliated geneiss, metamorphosed from deeply buried sediments. According to Dibblee and Minch the age is probably Precambrian, which would make the source of the sediments even older.
A large limber pine along the Dollar Lake Trail, just below Dollar Lake Saddle.
Dollar Lake Saddle (9965'). Note the trail signs high on the trunk of the lodgepole pine on the right. The snowpack can be deep here!
The first clouds began to form over San Gorgonio at about 10:00 a.m.
THE lodgepole pine on the Divide Trail where it crosses the NNW slope of Jepson Peak. San Bernardino Peak, East San Bernardino Peak, and Anderson Peak are the peaks (left to right) along the San Bernardino Divide. All are above 10,000'.
Mill Creek Canyon from the Divide Trail. San Bernardino Peak and East San Bernardino Peak are on the right.
The first view of San Jacinto Peak (10,804') from the Divide Trail, after rounding the west shoulder of Jepson Peak.
Clouds over San Gorgonio from a notch on the Divide Trail, just west of the Vivian Creek Trail junction. From here it's about three-quarters of a mile and 500' of elevation gain to the summit.
Continuing higher on the San Bernardino Divide Trail.
Mixed sun and shadow on the final stretch of trail to the summit of San Gorgonio Mountain (~11,500').
San Gorgonio's sibling summit with cloud-shrouded San Jacinto Peak in the distance. The data on the survey marker on the boulder in the foreground has been obliterated. September 24, 2022.
Returning across San Gorgonio's summit plateau.
Banning Pass and San Jacinto Peak from the Sky High Trail. The trail at this point is still a few hundred feet higher than San Jacinto.
After switchbacking up from High Creek, the Vivian Creek Trail generally follows the sunlit ridge in the center of the photo up to the Divide Trail.
A gnarled lodgepole pine at about 10,400' on the Sky High Trail. Ten Thousand Foot Ridge is in the background.
The C-47 Memorial on the Sky High Trail.
Sunlit trees on Ten Thousand Foot Ridge that were killed in the 2015 Lake Fire. September 24, 2022.
A lateral moraine that bordered a small glacier that flowed from the northeast cirque on San Gorgonio Mountain.
USGS Lidar showing the northeast cirque of San Gorgonio and some glacial features.
Avalanche debris along the Dry Lake Trail above Dry Lake.
A spectacular afternoon on San Gorgonio's Dry Lake Trail. September 24, 2022.
Lateral part of a lobe of a terminal moraine associated with a glacier originating from the north face cirques on San Gorgonio Mountain.
USGS Lidar showing the north face cirques of San Gorgonio and some glacial features.
A very dry Dry Lake on San Gorgonio. September 24, 2022.
Hoary Aster near Dry Lake. September 24, 2022.
Changing seasons on the Dry Lake Trail, below Dry Lake. September 24, 2022.
California fuchsia along the Dry Lake Trail. September 24, 2022.
USFS SWGA Trails Volunteers removing a large tree from a switchback on the Dry Lake Trail, above South Fork Meadows.
Rubber rabbitbrush along the South Fork Trail. September 24, 2022.
Towering cumulus and Sugarloaf Mountain from the South Fork Trail above Horse Meadows.
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