Isberg Pass

Switchbacks above Lyell Fork to Cora Lakes
(15 miles, +1,900/-3,100 feet).

We awoke to beautiful light on the Clark Range in the distance.

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Red Peak, Gray Peak, and Mount Clark

And below we could hear the Lyell Fork rushing down to the Merced over steep, vast, and impossibly smooth granite slabs.

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So much granite
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Mosquito armor

Soon we packed up and headed into the woods.  Today we would be on trail the whole way, a nice respite after 20 miles of cross country.  The bugs were not as bad this morning except near water and in meadows.

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Sandy and not buggy
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Watery and a little buggy
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Nice granite cliffs above
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ChiaGlyph filters
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Making good time

MixMaster was not feeling great today, so he pressed ahead when ChiaGlyph and I took breaks to keep his momentum.

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The steps below Lake 10005
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The Clark Range
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Lake 10005 and Isberg Pass (left)

There’s a wide open plain below Isberg pass that is really pretty.

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Head for the trees
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The Clark Range
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Looking back

We hit the split in the trail for Post Peak Pass and headed up towards Isberg Pass.

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Go thataway
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Not too far from the Valley
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Paintbrushes
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Making our way up
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Lake 10005
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The plain below Isberg Pass

We took a nice lunch at the pass.  We remarked that we had just spent two full days in Yosemite in August and we had not seen A SINGLE OTHER PERSON.  Wow!

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Lunchtime solitude
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Bye bye Yosemite, hello Ansel!

As we made our way down towards Isberg Lakes, we did, in fact, pass one couple who were heading into Yosemite near Post Peak Pass.  It was nice chatting with them.

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A rocky descent
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Upper Isberg Lake
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Pretty red rock
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Looking back at Isberg Pass
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Upper Isberg Lake and the woods of East Fork Granite Creek

We took a nice break at Upper Isberg Lake

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Chillin spot

Afterwards, we continued our descent.

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Time to go!
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Lower Isberg Lake
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Lovely granite slabs
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A little tarn above Lower Isberg Lake
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Lower Isberg Lake
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Lovely meadow
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Looking back towards Isberg Pass
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More lovely granite
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More lovely meadows

We didn’t hit bad mosquitoes again until Knoblock Meadow.

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Back into the bugs

I was worried about camping at Cora Lakes and the likely mosquito-geddon that awaited, but just before we got down there we hit a ridge southwest of Detachment Meadow that had an open, breezy, and very dry flat spot above the lakes.  It was our least buggy camp site of the whole trip, and badly needed for my own personal sanity.

There was no water there, but we made a special trip down to Cora Lakes to fill up and then headed back up to our dry camp.

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Getting water at Cora Lakes
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A very large mushroom
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My room with a view, complete with ancient valet

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