Kyia near Ice Basin Trail on Oct. 1, 2013. She’s been backpacking with us ever since we rescued her. She is 12 now, had 2 knee surgeries and it’s heartbreaking to see her slow down so much even though she still wants to go. We are very patient with her. It took her three hours with frequent shade stops (below timberline) to climb the 2,800 feet and 3 miles to Ice Lake where we camped at 12, 300 feet. We camped on a ridge top where she was content to lay in the bug-free cool tundra and overlook the massive valley below to South Mineral Creek.
My mission was to get sunrise shots of Ice Lake. It was a little late in the season as fall was well past its peak at this altitude. Fortunately, there was some new snow to provide some visual interest.