JMT DAY 13 - SALLIE KEYS LAKES AT SUNSET
Sallie Keys Lakes at sunset
Sallie Keys Lakes consisted of two lakes - first lake (to south bounders - east lake) and second lake (west lake). The view of the first lake, partially surrounded by dense forest, in the company of Mt. Henry (12,202’), part of Le Conte Divide, in the far distance, was simply spectacular as on our way down from Seldon Pass. The second, sitting behind the forest, was hardly visible.
I pitched my tent a little bit away from the site where my JMT buddy Henry did with an intention of staying close the second lake so that I didn’t have to walk a lot between the two lakes. With my camera gear, I went down the rocky slope and soon re-joined the main trail which led me to the little stream connecting the two lakes.
At first I considered setting up my camera on the west side of the lake but quickly decided to go against it because of the sunset glow expected to be cast on Mt. Senger (12,286’) and its ridge line. So, instead, I was settled along the shore about 100 feet down from the stream. The long ridge line stretched as far as I could see with its reflection in the water just pleased my eye.
Unlike the first, the second lake was very calm, thanks to the dense forest that divided the two. Then, it was just a matter of waiting for the orange glow to descend upon the ridge line. And soon it did.
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