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Young Lakes/Mt Conness
July 03, 2012 09:39PM
Here are some pics from a recent trip to Young Lakes/Mt Conness areas, 6/25-6/27. The hike up to Conness was my first attempt at "x-country" hiking, though there was really a trail for most of the way. It was a bit swampy crossing the eastern most tributary of Conness creek, and easier on the return hike when we crossed further downstream. The toughest section was a scramble (still class 2) after passing the marshy pond area at 10,500'. From there it was a relatively steady climb, though it was made a bit more difficult due to the scree...little vegetation above 11,500'. My wife accompanied me to the base of the summit block, but preferred to stay back and hang out with "Junior," pictured below, while I went up the last 200 or so feet. There was a pleasantly vertiginous arĂȘte leading to the summit...not necessarily dangerous, but with significant exposure on both sides. View from the top is pretty spectacular. As for the Young Lakes, the pictures speak for themselves. One note though...there's an amazing waterfall between the middle and upper lakes, which makes for an invigoratingly cold shower. Catch it in the mid-late afternoon, and you'll be warmed by the sun's rays.

Lower Young Lake with Ragged Peak


Middle Young Lake


Middle Young Lake and Mt Conness at sunset


Ridge east of middle lake lit by moonlight


Post moonset


Conness summit block


Junior


North Peak and Shepherd Crest


Conness glacier


Exposure leading up to summit block






Edited 8 time(s). Last edit at 07/03/2012 10:17PM by redpakotasea.
Re: Young Lakes/Mt Conness
July 04, 2012 02:10AM
Great pictures!!!

Looks and sounds like you had a beautiful trip.

Happy Independence Day y'all! smiling smiley
Re: Young Lakes/Mt Conness
July 04, 2012 05:10AM
Love the star pics. Can you share the details ( exposure, f stop, etc)?
Re: Young Lakes/Mt Conness
July 04, 2012 08:40AM
Thanks!

Both were wide open, though my lens doesn't go very wide (exposure: 25 sec; aperture: f/4.0; ISO: 3600). Camera is a Canon 5D with a 17-40mm f/4L.
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July 08, 2012 09:43AM
Thanks for posting your photos of your trip! Those night shots of the stars are lovely. The photo of Middle Young Lake and Mount Conness at Sunset is so serene and tranquil.
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