Scenic USA - California

Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of historic sites, points of interest, and a large
sampling of America's parklands. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
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Banner Peak

Banner Peak - John Muir Trail - California

Photos by Rob Jones
Wilderness Vagabond Trip Reports

     In just five days, John Muir Trail hikers near the western border of their beloved Yosemite National Park, approaching the Ansel Adams Wilderness that's named for another heavyweight in the national park arena.
     Following Lyell Creek, a broad winding stream, the confines of Lyell Canyon guide hikers up toward Donohue Pass, one of string of Red Heathergrueling high mountain passes on the 212 mile trail. Just before a final accent to the 11,000 foot pass, the trail levels out, and the wilderness vagabonds enjoy an alpine meadow at 10,000 feet in elevation. Ahead lies the pass, with spectacular views of Lyell Canyon behind. Off to the south, Mount Lyell and Mount Maclure views provide a glimpse of the last two of Yosemite's remaining glaciers, along with this marvelous view of 1000 Island Lake and Banner Peak, part of the Ritter Range. The Ritter Mountain Range will continue to provide a southern backdrop for these JMT backcountry hikers as they continue on to the southeast. Looking ahead, Devils Postpile National Monument, Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks protect some of the most rugged and dramatic High Sierra landscapes on the John Muir Trail. Although some of the most rugged and breathtaking scenery lie ahead, this backcountry adventure is all about enjoying the moment.



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