I snapped a quick pic as this couple went to the shoreline to check out the view.

Entering the Sierra Nevada mountains certainly changes the characteristic of the hike.  You leave the dry, hot desert and enter the cold, wet tundra.  It is a drastic change that happens in just a few days.

It’s hard to pick a particular landmark as the jewel of this section – the entire section is a jewel from the time you approach Forester pass all the way to Red’s Meadow.  The days are long and strenuous, as the terrain crosses a high mountain pass to descend into a long, lush valley.  This cycle repeats almost daily.

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