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Backpacking to Miter Basin -- Sept. 07, 2013
Sierra Nevada

Miter Basin

Day 2. September 07. Chicken Spring Lake to Lower Soldier Lake.

After a leisurely breakfast, we returned to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and continued north. The trail climbed onto the ridge west of Chicken Spring Lake and more-or-less contoured (max elevation 11,500 ft) around the west side of peaks along the crest of the Sierras. We crossed into Sequoia National Park (11,350 ft), traversed above the Siberian Outpost meadows and dropped into the South Fork of Rock Creek (10,900 ft), which comes down from Army Pass. Still hiking north, we continued to Lower Soldier Lake (10,800 ft) and set camp. After a rest, we day-hiked onto the ridge (11,350 ft) overlooking Miter Basin and then to Upper Soldier Lake (11,200 ft). Returning to camp near dark, we had a late dinner and settled in for a chilly night.

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Early morning at Chicken Spring Lake (view NW)
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Chicken Spring Lake (view NW)
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Chicken Spring Lake (view W)
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Chicken Spring Lake from Pacific Crest Trail (PCT; view SE)
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Big Whitney Meadow (view W from PCT)
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Southern Sierras (view SW from PCT)
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Southern Sierras (view NW from PCT)
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Cirque Peak (view NE from PCT)
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Pacific Crest Trail (view N)
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Pacific Crest Trail (view N)
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Foxtail Pines on Cirque Peak (view E from PCT)
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Foxtail Pine carcass above Siberian Outpost (view W from PCT)
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Foxtail Pines on Cirque Peak (view SE from PCT)
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Southern Sierras (view NW from PCT)
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Siberian Outpost Meadow (view W from PCT)
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Foxtail Pines along Pacific Crest Trail (view N)
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Inyo National Forest - Sequoia National Park boundary (view NW)
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Siberian Outpost Meadow (view W from PCT)
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Siberian Outpost - PCT - Rock Creek trail junction (view NW)
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Aging Pacific Crest Trail marker (view NW)
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Rock Creek Trail (view N)
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Rock Creek Trail (view NE towards Army Pass)
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Rock Creek Trail (view NE towards Army Pass)
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Rock Creek Trail (view N)
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Rock Creek Trail at South Fork Rock Creek (view N)
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South Fork Rock Creek
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Rock Creek Trail at Army Pass Trail (view N)
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View north into Miter Basin (view N from Rock Creek Trail)
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Rock Creek - Lower Soldier Lake South trail junction (view N)
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Lower Soldier Lake bear box (view N)
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Lower Soldier Lake Meadow (view SW)
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Lower Soldier Lake Creek (view N)
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Lower Soldier Lake, west side (view NE)
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Lower Soldier Lake, east side (view NE)
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Lower Soldier Lake (view NE)
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Relaxing on the edge of Lower Soldier Lake (view NE)
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Lower Soldier Lake (view SE)
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Lower Soldier Lake (view S from west ridge of The Major General)
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Miter Basin (view N from west ridge of The Major General)
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Miter Basin (view N from west ridge of The Major General)
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Miter Basin (view N from west ridge of The Major General)
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Upper Soldier Lake (view N from Major General ridge)
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Tarn atop Major General ridge (view NE)
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Hiker (John) atop Major General ridge (view E)
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Lower Soldier Lake (view SW from Major General ridge)
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Upper Soldier Lake (view SE from Major General ridge)
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Dropping into Upper Soldier Lake (view SE from Major General ridge)
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Looking back at Major General ridge (view NW)
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Lower Soldier Lake (view E)
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Descending towards Lower Soldier Lake (view S)
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Lower Soldier Lake LNT campsite (view SW)
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Lower Soldier Lake LNT campsite (view NE)
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Alpenglow above Lower Soldier Lake (view SE)
peromyscus maniculatus
Nocturnal camp robber (North American Deermouse)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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