We got up around 2 am and were on the trail by 2:30. It was difficult to discern how treacherous the path was because all we could see was what our headlamps revealed.
It was icy in some parts but there was a well worn path through it.
At about 4:30, we began to see glowing ribbons of light.
We reached the top by 5 am and prepared to greet the soon rising sun.
It was well worth the climb.
Such beauty and such good company.
It was quite breezy up there and I was glad I packed some extra layers and my camera!
I headed back down.
And got a better idea of what we hiked through.
It was pretty spectacular.
And considered how guitar lake got its name.
After getting my back to camp, I hiked back to the PCT and took a much needed siesta next to a stream.
I woke up in time to have dinner with friends and then laid back down for the night.
I slept sooo well.