Stacked rocks, cracked by glacial movement millions of years prior.
Mountains, Moon and Pines.
Switch backs, their only merit is that you are a step closer to the top of the pass (Mather Pass).
Yellow bellied marmot, common in the Sierras. (Marmota flaviventris)
On top of Mather Pass. This was another big day. Little did I know Greg would be leaving the trail the next day.
Camp fires are only to be lit below 10,000 ft, and in pre-existing fire rings. Each year the National Parks Service send out trail crews to destroy and repair illegal camp sites. (Ps - we didn't chop down the tree for fire wood - it was already there, seriously)