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We hiked uphill past Evolution Lake, and then passed Sapphire and Wanda
Lakes before the slog up
Muir Pass (11,955Ý). You can see the stone hut
on the top of the pass for miles before you get there,
and we stopped for
lunch and enjoyed the warmth of the sun. Mike climbed up to the top of
the hut for
a photo and declared it to be an easy class 5! We then passed
Helen Lake as we started the descent
towards Le Conte Canyon. Our pace
was slowed by the rocky descent and numerous stream crossings.
is spectacular with itÝs impressive vertical walls and numerous meadows.
was among the finest we saw on the entire trip. We started
climbing upwards along Palisade Creek
and choose a fine site for the evening,
still a little short of our planned schedule.