I took my son, his friend, and his dog on a backpacking trip to Humphreys Basin via the Paiute Pass Trail over the July 4th Weekend. This year, 2017, was already known to have a record snow pack, and all of the online information that I could find said that we would be climbing on snow up above 11,000 feet elevation. So we came prepared, purchasing ice axes and Microspikes well in advance. We were ready!
Well, almost ready. We planned this trip a bit late, so we didn’t have a wilderness permit to backpack anywhere. Therefore, it was MY job to head up north a day early and get the permit. Otherwise, the entire trip would have to be called off.
Video of crossing a log bridge on the Paiute Pass Trail
GoPro video of hiking with Microspikes and Ice Axes across a sloping snowfield on the Paiute Pass Trail
Panorama video of Loch Leven on the Paiute Pass Trail
Video of snow and melting snow waterfalls in the North Fork of Bishop Creek just below Paiute Lake
Video of a snowmelt waterfall just north of Paiute Pass
Video of a small boulder being thrown into a pond covered with a thin coating of ice
Video of hiking on the Paiute Pass Trail with a roaring creek beside us
For more photos and videos check out my Flickr Album Page
For a topographic map showing our GPS Track see my CalTopo Page