The Trinity Alps and the Russian Peak Wilderness of Northern California is home to a lot more granite than most PCT hikers realize. These stunning views, from the top of Thompson Peak, the highest point in the Trinity Alps at 9,002’, look north toward the Marble Mountains. Although this peak is off the PCT, we passed youngsters from Camp Unalayee making the long traverse back toward the PCT west of Scott Mountain Summit (see the August 12th and August 15th posts). Photo credit: Zach Zwerdling
Note the smoke plume in the lower right hand photo that marked the first stages of the Salmon River and Butler Complex fires that kept much of the PCT blanketed in smoke through August, 2013.