Most people go zooming by the Sonora Pass Trail Head parking lot. Too bad because there are great views north, east and south. I spent Saturday afternoon sitting on the eastern edge knitting and reading. The sky was crystal clear and just cool enough for long sleeves.
I also got to see hikers coming down the trail I was planning to hike on Sunday. When they were just below the middle snow bank, the sun reflected off their equipment so I was able to spot the trail. The two rugged mountain tops are Sonora Summit. It's 10,600 feet up there; a thousand foot climb from Sonora Pass at 9,600 feet.
It's really, really dry in the mountains; creeks are trickles; still many wild flowers are blooming.
About half way up I set the self timer on my camera for a self portrait. The 10 second run back down the trail was risky with many rocks and roots!
The moon was with me for most of the hike.
Looking northwest, Highway 108 (Sonora Pass) is down in this valley. While I was there a small plane flew by below me.
And further west it was fun to see Blue Canyon! The hairpin turn on the highway is at the 'V' in the granite mountains.
The brightest colors that day belonged to the lichens.
But the tiny alpine flowers were my favorites.
Coming up the hill I passed four back packers; and at the top two day hikers caught up with me. While they continued on over Sonora Summit, I headed back down the trail.