August 13, 2012 –Rush Creek Fork to Garnet Lake
Mileage: 6 Elevation: 9600 feet
Got up to clear skies! We took time to dry everything out in the warm sunshine. Bear barrels cooperated, Steripen did not. This was our new water treatment system, a magic wand of UV rays that cleaned water in less than 2 minutes! It was time to change batteries and when resealing the unit the main screw would not catch to close it. We ended up tightly duct taping it down….works great, looks ugly! We have back up iodine, but don’t want to use it over a long period of time.
We headed out around 8:30, crossing the creek and then climbing up to big broad Island Pass. We knew Thousand Island Lake was just on the other side and it pulled us over like a magnet. At first view we stopped for second breakfast. Banner Peak stood proudly over the lake. Banner in the Sky, one of our favorite books. We continued to enjoy great vistas of the lake as we dropped down to the shore. Ansel Adams photographed this scene and made this area very popular.
|Reflection in Thousand Island Lake|
We climbed up out of the lake basin and almost immediately dropped down to beautiful Emerald Lake. Then up and over another ridge to Ruby Lake, nestled deep within rock walls. A steep climb led us up and over the next ridge to Garnet Lake. This is another perfect combination of lake and peaks, recognizable in many Sierra photos. Mt Ritter and Banner Peak tower over Garnet Lake making a gorgeous combination.
|Ritter and Banner Peaks over Garnet Lake|