Day 2: Ediza Lake to Thousand Island Lake (via Garnet, Ruby and Emerald Lakes)

The next morning is cool and breezy, ideal for our nine-mile roller coaster hike to Thousand Island Lake (total gain of 1,600').

The Minarets provide a spectacular backdrop.

Beginning our day's hike.

Retracing our steps along Ediza Lake.

Amazing scenes in the morning light.

Even the rest stops are magnificent. This is undoubtedly one of the most scenic regions of the Sierras.

After joining the John Muir Trail, we climb up a 10,100' pass on the way to Garnet Lake.

It turns into a beautiful morning for hiking in the High Sierra.

Breathtaking views on the pass just south of Garnet Lake.

Descending the switchbacks.

View from our lunch stop near the eastern end of Garnet Lake. (I didn't even have to get up to take this photo.)

Rock climbers at the eastern end of the lake.

Backpackers enjoying the view of Garnet Lake, with Mt. Ritter (13,143') on the left and Banner Peak (12,936') on the right.

Wonderful views during the climb up to the 10,200' pass between Garnet and Thousand Island lakes.

We drop down the northern side of the pass and soon reach Ruby Lake.

Emerald Lake is next along the trail.

We reach Thousand Island Lake late in the afternoon.

Early evening after an incredibly scenic day of backpacking. Tonight is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower so I decide to sleep outside of my tent.