enlarge 202KB, 708x800 1 sierra04d3 001ab 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)
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enlarge 161KB, 800x568 2 sierra04d5 001b 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.
enlarge 142KB, 621x800 3 sierra04d5 002b Fish Creek just up from our camp.
enlarge 169KB, 584x800 4 sierra04d5 003b Roger - this is just above the river crossing. You can see the bridge in the background.
enlarge 165KB, 590x800 5 sierra04d5 004b Roger heading up the trail towards Tully's Hole.
enlarge 122KB, 800x533 6 sierra04d5 005r You can see why Cascade Valley gets its name.
enlarge 109KB, 533x800 7 sierra04d5 006r This is a beautiful stretch of trail - open forest along the stream with waterfall after waterfall.
enlarge 156KB, 568x800 9 sierra04d5 008b Fish Creek.
enlarge 109KB, 800x533 10 sierra04d5 009r Tully's Hole - A wonderful place in September (no mosquitos).
enlarge 130KB, 800x533 11 sierra04d5 010r Fish Creek meanders through the Tully's Hole meadows.
enlarge 121KB, 800x533 12 sierra04d5 011r 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. "Its incorrectly described as Shelby in the photo. Its..." View Comments...
enlarge 147KB, 800x533 13 sierra04d5 012r Roger got this shot of the flora at Tully's Hole.
enlarge 214KB, 800x568 14 sierra04d5 013b 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.
enlarge 210KB, 800x584 15 sierra04d5 014b Another small Golden trout.
enlarge 127KB, 800x568 17 sierra04d5 016b 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.
enlarge 126KB, 800x568 18 sierra04d5 017b The JMT/PCT climbs rapidly out of Tully's Hole giving ever widening vistas.
enlarge 147KB, 568x800 19 sierra04d5 018b There a lot of switchbacks as you work your way up.
enlarge 158KB, 623x800 20 sierra04d5 019b One of the many switchbacks on the climb out of Tully's Hole.
enlarge 161KB, 568x800 21 sierra04d5 020b Some of the peaks on the Silver Divide becoming visible as you climb.
enlarge 137KB, 568x800 22 sierra04d5 021b Looking back down Fish Creek.
enlarge 124KB, 800x568 23 sierra04d5 022b Another view down Fish Creek.
enlarge 126KB, 800x568 24 sierra04d5 023b 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.
enlarge 91KB, 800x568 25 sierra04d5 024b Finally over the pass (10400, a 1400' climb from Camp 4), its a short distance to beautiful Virginia Lake.
enlarge 104KB, 568x800 26 sierra04d5 025b Fred at Virginia Lake.
enlarge 146KB, 635x800 27 sierra04d5 026b 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.
enlarge 5KB, 800x533 28 sierra04d5 027r An Eagle (or hawk?) over Virginia Lake.
enlarge 59KB, 800x533 29 sierra04d5 028r Eagle / Hawk over Virginia Lake.
enlarge 107KB, 568x800 30 sierra04d5 029b 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).
enlarge 90KB, 800x568 31 sierra04d5 030b 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.
enlarge 116KB, 619x800 32 sierra04d5 031b 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.
enlarge 156KB, 663x800 33 sierra04d5 032b Heading down the trail between Virginia and Purple Lake.
enlarge 115KB, 800x533 34 sierra04d5 033r Peak between Virginia Lake and Purple Lake.
enlarge 158KB, 800x533 35 sierra04d5 034r Shelby and Brian heading down the trail.
enlarge 95KB, 800x568 36 sierra04d5 035b Purple Lake in the soft late afternoon sun light.
enlarge 73KB, 800x533 37 sierra04d5 036r 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.
enlarge 109KB, 800x595 38 sierra04d5 037b 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.
enlarge 31KB, 800x533 39 sierra04d5 038r Telephoto of the peak Shelby and Brian climbed.
enlarge 85KB, 533x800 40 sierra04d5 039r Shelby pointing to the peak he climbed.
enlarge 129KB, 652x800 41 sierra04d5 040b View coming down from Duck Pass, familiar Barney Lake comes into view.
enlarge 116KB, 800x533 42 sierra04d5 041r No, it's not "Waiting for Godot", but "Waiting for Bill" at the Duck Lake trailhead.
enlarge 115KB, 800x533 43 sierra04d5 042r Yep, that's it.
enlarge 148KB, 800x533 44 sierra04d5 043r Eric at Trailhead.
enlarge 80KB, 800x533 45 sierra04d5 044r Shelby.
enlarge 62KB, 800x533 46 sierra04d5 045r Fred.
enlarge 121KB, 800x533 47 sierra04d5 046r Eric does a little dance - part 1.
enlarge 120KB, 800x533 48 sierra04d5 047r Eric does a little dance - part 2.
enlarge 98KB, 800x533 49 sierra04d5 048r 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.
enlarge 97KB, 800x533 50 sierra04d5 049r I made it!.
enlarge 126KB, 800x533 51 sierra04d5 050r A series of photos by Roger - Shelby takes a Leap #1.
enlarge 127KB, 800x533 52 sierra04d5 051r #2
enlarge 125KB, 800x533 53 sierra04d5 052r #3
enlarge 121KB, 800x533 54 sierra04d5 053r #4
enlarge 121KB, 800x533 55 sierra04d5 054r #5
enlarge 107KB, 800x533 56 sierra04d5 055r 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.