Once into the valley, we were able to follow the creek for much of the way, instead of the summer trail through the trees. Mt. Temple was shrouded in clouds all day.
Surface hoar sparkling in the morning sun, Beautiful, but a potentially deadly sliding layer if buried under subsequent snowfalls.
Frost flowers in the creek bed. The largest ones are about 10 cm across.
Lunch in the meadows near the head of the valley. Sentinel Pass to left, Wastach Pass to right, with Eiffel Peak at center.
We lucked out, getting a too brief shot of sun in the meadows.
John Alliston led us on a loop across to the Giant Steps, and down below them into the valley through the trees. Skiing out was easy and quick, save for a few mis-adventures in the lower creek. Ask Karen Fisher about that sometime!