Day 7, 8:40 AM - 3 hours and 40 minutes of strolling gets you this
Return to day page View previous item 2 hours into the hardest day yet The Kings River valley - escape at dawn 3 hours and 40 minutes of strolling gets you this This trail has a name... Approaching Granite Pass Subject at Day 7 - the backpacking Zombie Scanning for Granite Pass Maybe that's Granite Pass? Unknown meadow at 10,500 feet Last look back before crossing Granite Pass Glacier-polished granite split by trees From Granite Pass, down to Granite Lakes basin View next item

There isn't much to tell about the climb itself except to say that it was a wee bit tiring. I certainly didn't make it before the sun found me, but as I was among the trees most of the way, and as there was a bit of cloud cover, the temperature never became a problem. This sign marks the end of the steepest part, where the rocky plateau begins. It'll be another two miles before reaching water, but I still had half a liter, and was feeling good, if somewhat worn out. Hard to believe, this early in the morning, that I'd been hiking for four hours already.