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Sierra 04 Days 5 & 6

John Muir Wilderness: Sierra Nevada
Days 5 & 6

Day 5:
Camp 4 - Cascade Valley (9100')
Tully's Hole (9530') - 1.6 mi.
Tully's Hole to Pass (10425) - 1.3 mi.
Virginia Lake (10350') - .7 mi.
Purple Lake Camp 5 (9950') - 2 mi.

Totals: 5.6 mi & 1700' climb.

Day 6:
(Backtrack days 1 and 2)

Totals (8.1 mi & 1400' climb)

Purple Lake in the Afternoon Sun

Photos titles ending in "b" are by Bill;in "r" by Roger; and, in "a" by Allison.

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-Cascade Bill Mooseker

Date(s): September, 2004. Album by Cascade Bill. Photos by Bill & Roger. 1 - 56 of 56 Total. 1627 Visits.
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Day 5: Camp 4 at Fish Creek to Purple Lake via Tully's Hole.

Day 6: Camp 5 at Purple Lake bask to the Duck Pass Trailhead (backtracking  days 1 and 2)

Map is best viewed at "Original" size.

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A view of Camp 4 from the woods - We had planned to camp at Squaw Lake but pushed on.  We found this camp near the junction of the Cascade Valley trail and the JMT.

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Fish Creek just up from our camp.

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Roger - this is just above the river crossing.  You can see the bridge in the background.

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Roger heading up the trail towards Tully's Hole.

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You can see why Cascade Valley gets its name.

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This is a beautiful stretch of trail - open forest along the stream with waterfall after waterfall.

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Roger's self portrait in Cascade Valley.

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Fish Creek.

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Tully's Hole - A wonderful place in September (no mosquitos).

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Fish Creek meanders through the Tully's Hole meadows.

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Shelby - The McGee Cr trail skirts Tully's hole on the right on the opposite side of the stream.  At one point I had planned to go up this trail and exit at the McGee Creek trailhead but instead decided on our semi-loop trip over Duck Pass instead.
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Roger got this shot of the flora at Tully's Hole.

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I hadn't done much stream fishing in the past few years so I got my fly rod out and tried my luck in Fish Creek.  The stream lived up to its name with these small Golden trout (and a few brookies as well).  It was a lot of fun catching them with the fly.

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Another small Golden trout.

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Beautiful Meadows of Tully's Hole.

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Tully's Hole - there is a nice camp here but we spent too much time at the Lake of the Lone Indian and there wasn't enough daylight left to make it.

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The JMT/PCT climbs rapidly out of Tully's Hole giving ever widening vistas.

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There a lot of switchbacks as you work your way up.

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One of the many switchbacks on the climb out of Tully's Hole.

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Some of the peaks on the Silver Divide becoming visible as you climb.

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Looking back down Fish Creek.

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Another view down Fish Creek.

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Almost on top - Peaks (as far as I can tell) are from left to right: Red and White Mtn (12816), Peak 12238, Peaks 11409 & 11688, and finally Mt. Isaac Walton (12077).  The meadows of Horse Heaven may be seen just right of center.

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Finally over the pass (10400, a 1400' climb from Camp 4), its a short distance to beautiful Virginia Lake.

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Fred at Virginia Lake.

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Fred coming down the trail - he was wondering what happened to me (I spent a long time fishing at Tully's Hole) so we walked back to  the guys together.  He forgot his hat and had to go back and I got this shot as he returned.  He is above a rock wall built by the CCC guys to buttress a switchback in the trail.

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An Eagle (or hawk?) over Virginia Lake.

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Eagle / Hawk over Virginia Lake.

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View to north where JMT/PCT crosses over pass to Purple Lake.  I had wanted to camp at Virginia Lake, but the guys wanted to push on to Purple Lake so we could hike out to the cars the next day (a day early).

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Virginia Lake is truly a beautiful spot, but there are no really good camping areas.  I did a little fishing but had no luck - Fred got a nice one however.

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Heading over the pass down to Purple Lake - Fred is waiting for me to huff and puff my way over the top.  The peak (11535') in the background was climbed by Shelby and Brian after they got to camp.

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Heading down the trail between Virginia and Purple Lake.

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Peak between Virginia Lake and Purple Lake.

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Shelby and Brian heading down the trail.

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Purple Lake in the soft late afternoon sun light.

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We were up early and it didn't take long for everyone to get out of camp.  As usual I was the last one out (doctoring my feet, etc.). Roger got this shot across Cascade Valley from the trail between Purple Lake and Duck Lake.  You can see Jackson meadow on the bench at the center of the picture.

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A good view of Jackson Meadow across Cascade Valley - I got here quite a bit later than Roger as you can see from the difference in the shadows.

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Telephoto of the peak Shelby and Brian climbed.

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Shelby pointing to the peak he climbed.

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View coming down from Duck Pass, familiar Barney Lake comes into view.

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No, it's not "Waiting for Godot", but "Waiting for Bill" at the Duck Lake trailhead.

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Yep, that's it.

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Eric at Trailhead.

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Eric does a little dance - part 1.

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Eric does a little dance - part 2.

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Dan the Man, hiked back up the trail and took my pack for the last mile or so (he met me between Shelton Lake and the trail to Arrowhead Lake).  Get the elaborated Kybo at the trailhead - it had running water for pete's sake.

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I made it!.

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A series of photos by Roger - Shelby takes a Leap #1.

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After a great breakfast at the Black Bear Cafe in Susanville, we headed out but had to make a long stop at a construction detour.  Here Danny tries to find a tree to hide behind.

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