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John Muir TrailDrying gear in the early morning sunlight (view W)

Day 6. Backpacking Day 5.
Crabtree Meadow to Upper Tyndall Creek

I awoke to a sunny morning and hung my gear to dry everything out. After a slow start I hiked north on the JMT with dry gear. I hiked down Whitney Creek, then turned north over a saddle and dropped into Wallace Creek. The hail and lightning had started as I came down off the saddle, so I laid up along Wallace Creek for a couple of midday hours waiting for the storm to pass.

Hiking north, I climbed over the Bighorn Plateau. Fortunately, while on this high and barren plateau, the lightning stayed off among the mountain peaks and never got too close.

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Tall trees along the trail (view W)

I arrived at Tyndall Creek, a popular camp area looking for a site, but the area was crowded with campers. There was one official spot left, next to the communal food storage locker, but I decided to hike on hoping to find a quite place.

I hiked up Tyndall Valley into the late evening looking for solitude, and eventually found a nice site in a small group of timberline trees near a spring.

When I slid into my sleeping bag, I noticed a sore spot on the front of my right shin. Little did I know, it was the start of shin splints, which I'd never experienced, and this marked the beginning of the end of my trip.

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JMT-PCT trail junction (view NW)
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Sign at JMT-PCT trail junction (view NE)
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Open woodland with a few clouds (view N)
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Open woodland with a few more clouds (view N)
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Grassy meadow with lots of clouds-the storm is building (view W)
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Open woodland with heavy clouds (view N)
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Tall trees, open meadow, and heavy clouds (view N)
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Climbing towards the next highpoint with blue sky (view N)
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Highpoint with rain (view N)
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Switchbacking down in light rain (view NE)
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Camp area at Wallace Creek crossing (view N)
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Crossing Wallace Creek (view E)
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JMT-High Sierra Trail junction (view N)
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Sign at JMT-High Sierra Trail junction (view SW)
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Long gentle climb out of Wallace Creek Canyon (view W)
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Long gentle climb out of Wallace Creek Canyon (view W)
John Muir TrailGentle terrain with tall trees (view N) John Muir Trail
Crossing Wright Creek (view N)
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Meadows below Bighorn Plateau (view N)
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Meadows below Bighorn Plateau (view NE)
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Meadows below Bighorn Plateau (view NE)
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Meadows below Bighorn Plateau (view E)
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Meadows below Bighorn Plateau (view N)
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Looking back down Meadows below Bighorn Plateau (view S)
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Surprisingly steep final climb onto Bighorn Plateau (view NW)
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Sierra crest (view E from edge of Bighorn Plateau)
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Bighorn Plateau (view N)
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Bighorn Plateau (view N)
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Pond on Bighorn Plateau (view W)
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Pond on Bighorn Plateau (zoom; view N)
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Bighorn Plateau (view N)
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Yellow-bellied Marmot at entrance to burrow
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Yellow-bellied Marmot at entrance to burrow
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Beginning descent off Bighorn Plateau (view N)
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Descending off Bighorn Plateau (view NE)
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Open woods with heavy clouds and a little hail (view N)
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Crossing a small stream (view N)
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JMT at trail to Tyndall Ranger Station (view N)
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Sign at JMT at trail to Tonal Ranger Station (view SW)
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Tyndall Creek (view NW)
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JMT at Shepherd Pass Trail (view NE)
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Sign at JMT at Shepherd Pass Trail (view E)
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JMT along Tyndall Creek (view NW)
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JMT crossing Tyndall Creek (view NW)
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JMT at Lake South America Trail (view N)
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Sign at JMT at Lake South America Trail (view N)
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Alpine Meadow
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Trail across Alpine Meadow
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Trail passing through last stand of trees (view NE)
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Campsite in last stand of trees (view SE)
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Campsite in last stand of trees (view E)
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Sunset from camp (view SW)

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