14 August 2022
Tyndall Creek to tarns above Guitar Lake
(12 miles, +2,800/-1,900 feet).
I have to apologize: today was very scenic and we took too many photos! I should probably have culled this set a little better, but I couldn’t kill my darlings.
Anyhoo, our campsite last night was super comfy and this morning we are all eager to set up for our climb of Mount Whitney tomorrow.
We passed a hiker heading north who raved about the Bighorn Plateau. She told us that she loved it so much, that she even uses it as the password for all her accounts!
The key feature on the plateau is a spectacular tarn surrounded by sandy meadows.
Half Cookie and UltraShuffle took a break while I explored around the tarn
I found a lone rock I could hop to in the water.
On my way back I found some lovely alpine blooms.
From the Bighorn Plateau the trail descends to Wright Creek and then Wallace Creek.
We took a break by the creek, where I inspected what I thought might be a blister. But it was just a cut, probably caused by a sharp pebble in my shoe.
The climb out of Wallace Creek yielded views back towards Tawny Point and the Bighorn Plateau
At Sandy Meadow we stopped for lunch.
You can see the Kaweah Mountains from here, including the drainage where UltraShuffle and I crossed over Pants Pass several years ago.
We took a nice long break by Whitney Creek.
We begrudgingly packed up and returned to climbing.
We stopped at Guitar Lake to get water. It’s been so dry, we are not sure if there will be water in the tarns above where we plan to camp.
We were so happy we decided to climb to the higher tarns. They had water in them, and we were the only people there!