Sabrina Basin and Mount Wallace
August 29-31, 2007.
A relaxing backpack with my Dad. We arrived in Bishop the evening before
we set out and easily got a permit. The first day we hiked from Lake Sabrina
into Sailor Lake (~11,000 ft.),
made camp, and then lounged around waiting out a couple light thunderstorms
that lasted most of the afternoon. On a clear day, the scenery along the
trail to the Sabrina Basin is excellent.
The second day we scrambled to Mount Wallace (13,371 ft.). There are
many other side trips to do around the basin:
Mount Haeckel, which could be done
with Wallace if you hurry a bit, Mount Powell, tons of other lakes, and
the Evolution Basin on the other side of the peaks. One could easily spend
weeks here just exploring.
The third day, we hiked back in the rain. After an entire summer of poor
weather in Washington I thought the rain would irritate me, but the
elevation of the clouds left most of the (gorgeous) scenery visible, so
it was actually very relaxing even when it was pouring (of course, I was
completely covered in waterproof gear; being wet is miserable).
(20+ miles round trip, 4243+ ft. gain)
Day 1: Lake Sabrina to Sailor Lake
Brilliant morning colors above Lake Sabrina. The Eastern Sierra
is awesome. (1) Panorama. (2) Some iron soaked peaks.
(3) They're really red.
Most people stop here and camp. Seeing this gorgeous sight, who
can blame them? But there's even more ahead.
(1) Anglers. (2) Unnamed granite peak visible from the lake.
The view from the trail. (1) Another.
(2) Picture Peak. (3) Mount Haeckel.
(4) Unnamed crags above Midnight Lake.
Dingleberry Lake. (1) Topsy Turvy Lake. (2) Topsy Turvy zoomed in.
Passing a waterfall, Mount Powell. (1) 360 from a small granite
bump near Topsy Turvy.
Powell on the left, Picture Peak, Mount Haeckel, and Sailor
Lake on the right. Thunderstorm approaching.
Just a light drizzle. (1) The clouds and the rocks.
Special effects lighting on cliffs above the Powell Glacier.
(1) Special effects lighting panorama. (2) Golden sky.
A perfect sunset glow.
Day 2: Mount Wallace
Picture Peak and Sailor Lake.
Panorama looking back at the lakes in the basin:
Hungry Packer, Sailor Lake, Topsy Turvy, and Moonlight.
We approached via
the granite bump around Picture Peak.
(1) Picture Peak and Hungry Packer Lake.
(2) Mount Powell and Clyde Spires above Echo Lake.
There it is. Mount Wallace towering above a small tarn.
We went up the North East face, on the right side of this
The Evolution Basin on the other side.
(1) Panorama looking back. Picture Peak and its ridge block
the view of the Sabrina Basin. (2) Looking back at Echo
Lake and Mount Powell.
The register and the Evolution Basin.
(1) Mount Fiske.
(2) Mount Goddard.
(3) Mount McGee.
(4) All the way to Sapphire Lake in the Evolution Basin.
(6) My dad.
We descended via the slope East of the saddle
to the South. Here's how Wallace looks from the saddle.
That turned out to be a pretty bad idea since the slope was
completely rotten making it impossible to get a foot hold yet
was not quite sandy so we couldn't just slide down.
We went back via the Echo Lake drainage. In retrospect
our approach route
was better than this standard one (slabs vs. boulders).
Already close to dusk as we approach Moonlight Lake.
Day 3: The Hike Back
The only break we got to pack up our stuff.
(1) Rain. (2) Paintbrush and Picture Peak.
(3) Paintbrush. (4) Paintbrush.
Lake Sabrina on a cloudy day.
(1) Aspen around the lake.
(2) In the wind.
(3) Lupine too. (4) Dripping wet.
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