Photographs from the Photography on the Run post: September Snow Run
The iconic view of the Minarets from near Minaret Summit on San Joaquin Ridge. Clyde Minaret, the highest of the Minarets, is named after the fabled Sierra climbing pioneer Norman Clyde. Clyde did the first ascent of the peak in 1928.
A dusting of late September snow on Mammoth Mountain from just north of Minaret Summit. The first 2+ miles of the run/hike follow a jeep road that can be picked up NNE of Minaret Summit.
Looking back at Mammoth Mountain and the Sierra Crest from San Joaquin Ridge. Some of the peaks from left to right: Morrison, Baldwin, Laurel, Bloody and Red Slate. Silver and Sharktooth Peaks are in the distance on the right.
Rimed trees along San Joaquin Ridge following the first snow of Autumn. Glass Mountain Ridge masks the view of Montgomery and Boundary Peaks in the White Mountains. White Mountain Peak (14,246') is on the right-center skyline.
Mts. Ritter (left) and Banner from San Joaquin Ridge. John Muir's story of the first ascent of Mt. Ritter in the Fall of 1872 is as harrowing as it is eloquent, and a must-read for any climber!
A sapling white pine caked in rime and snow, following the first snow of Fall. The White Mountains are in the distance.
Snow-covered trail just south of Deadman Pass. The trail continues down to the pass and then up to Two Teats and San Joaquin Peak. Postcard views of the Minarets, Ritter and Banner are found all along the ridge.
Rabbit tracks and boot prints. The human tracks ended at Deadman Pass.
Looking back at the snowy descent to Deadman Pass.
Andesite volcanic rock on the east side of Deadman Pass. The cone-shaped hill in the valley is Deer Mountain. One of the three Inyo Craters is on its summit. A tongue of Obsidian Dome is on the left.
San Joaquin Ridge with Mammoth Mountain in the distance from just north of Deadman Pass.
The Devil's Postpile area and drainage of the M.F. San Joaquin River from San Joaquin Ridge, just north of Deadman Pass.
Snow above Deadman Pass.
Continuing up the ridge.
All the tracks except mine are from White-tailed jackrabbits.
White-tailed jackrabbits are BIG. The hind feet (front tracks) are like snow shoes. My shoes are Hoka Rapa Nui 2s.
Mt. Ritter and Mt. Banner from a highpoint below Two Teats and San Joaquin Mountain. Had to turn around here to get back to Minaret Summit before 2:30 pm.
Two Teats and San Joaquin Mountain. Next time.
Zoomed view of Mammoth Mountain from San Joaquin Ridge.
Another view of Mammoth from lower on the ridge.
When the weather is good, San Joaquin Ridge is one of my first choices for a 2-3 hour trail run. In good conditions it's relatively straightforward with spectacular scenery.
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