Trip Report
Rockbound Lake and an Unnamed 12,000' Peak
Sunday August 10, 2014 7:14pm
We had plans to do Seven Gables, but unsure how our new puppy would do, we decided on a remote lake named Rockbound. On the edge of Ansel Adams Wilderness and YNP, this area is not well traveled and we felt like we were the last people on Earth. Except for all those airplanes, but then again is an airplane actually on Earth?

My best friends and me entering my favorite Wilderness.

Granite Creek

The Gooseberries are small this year.

Chetwood Cabin


More Fungus

Mindy found her first partial arrow/spearhead.

Potential for coolest bouldering pic ever.

Getting close, but each step feeling far.

11.5 miles in 6h40m. Not an easy trail, but well worth it.

Golden Hybrids

Day 2


Blanc Dahlia


Blue Lake. Foerester Peak on the left and we thought the right peak looked cool, so gave it a go.

Top of Bench Canyon

We did this route almost a year ago exactly. Ritter's western slope is Class 2, but this year had significantly less snow than last year and last year didn't have much either.

Who would have guessed some talus?

From here the talus was getting steeper and our puppy wasn't having fun. Mindy said she would wait and let me continue.

Mount Lyell on left, Rodgers Peak middle, and Electra Peak on right. Add them to the list.

Mount Ansel Adams is the next closest peak and I had originally thought I was on it.

Star King to the West.

Foerster Peak. If we didnt have the pup, this would have been a cool traverse.

Smoke buries Shuteye to the South.

Next time bring a pen or pencil. One ascent last year, three in 2012, and one in 2009. First entry was from 1989.

Lyell Fork of the Mouse's River.

Hello old friend.

Summit Selfie. Though I did do some climbing to the summit, this is definitely a cool Class 2 route.

Adu laughs at the pup. She is a mountain goat at heart.

Two hours of rain, hail, and lightning, but Thor showed mercy on us.

Till next time.

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Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Aug 10, 2014 - 07:19pm PT
Brother, that looks like you had an awesome time!!

This is what we need a whole lot more of around here!!

Balcarce, Argentina
  Aug 10, 2014 - 07:20pm PT
Beautiful shots of a beautiful place

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Aug 10, 2014 - 07:28pm PT
TJI, my awesome daughter wants to know why you stole her dog....

Credit: survival
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Author's Reply  Aug 10, 2014 - 07:48pm PT
Haha Bruce, does that pup do OK going up talus, but needs to be carried down it? If so, maybe I did steal her dog.

Thanks yanqui.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Aug 10, 2014 - 07:54pm PT
TJI, no, he actually does well both ways, but sadly he's getting old man knees even as a youngster. Top notch critter though, as it appears you have. Amber was looking over my shoulder and said "Whoa, he stole my dog!"

Trad climber
Upland, CA
  Aug 10, 2014 - 08:03pm PT
OMG, that is gorgeous. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place. I really love your TRs.
xo Phyl
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
  Aug 10, 2014 - 08:27pm PT

I think in the middle shot, you are seeing Half Dome instead of Starr King. Here is a shot of Half Dome from a similar angle.


Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
  Aug 10, 2014 - 08:29pm PT
Cool area and TR.
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Author's Reply  Aug 10, 2014 - 08:48pm PT
Thanks Phyl!

Clint, looks like you are right as usual. I've taken pictures from Gale Peak of what I thought was Starr, now I'm gunna have to check those ones too. Thanks.

Thanks Clinker.

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Starr King from Gale. Good eye Clint.

Boulder climber
  Aug 10, 2014 - 08:53pm PT
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Author's Reply  Aug 10, 2014 - 09:02pm PT
Isberg TH.
Take to The Niche, then go on Stevenson Trail for about .5 miles, then go towards Chetwood Cabin for 1.3 miles. From here you follow a trail that hasn't been maintained in awhile called Long Creek Trail for 4.4 miles. It ends at Long Creek and you follow this creek up to Rockbound for about 3 miles. You end up being almost directly West of Ritter. Can't beat that for a backdrop.

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Aug 10, 2014 - 09:04pm PT
quite nice!

good time on the 11.5m too!

Oakland, CA
  Aug 10, 2014 - 09:12pm PT
Oh I loved this. Great pics as always, this just in. Hope to bump into you some day out there - one of the best things going in ST is your constant weaving of excellent pics and good vibes.

Now I know what your mug looks like, so I can say hello out on the trail/rock.
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Author's Reply  Aug 10, 2014 - 09:42pm PT
Thanks Munge.

le bruce, big thanks man and likewise.

Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
  Aug 10, 2014 - 10:06pm PT
Sweet pics! Cool lookin pooch and great looking catch! Thank you for posting.

Trad climber
Starlite, California
  Aug 10, 2014 - 10:14pm PT
I visited the Mt. Foresters region along time ago, 1970? (and I'm glad to see it's still there!) - from The Valley Side.

You certainly don't get to see the Minarets and the Ritter Range from this aspect too often.

Plus, I've always been keen to know what an Isberg approach might look like, if you know what I mean. The bears had given me my money's worth on the way in, overnight at Little Yosemite (Bear Valley). And on the way out too, adding a few more miles and about 3,000 more feets to an already long dayhke.

So thank you for the excellent photos of the path less taken helping out with my own list.
Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
  Aug 10, 2014 - 10:21pm PT
Nice trip report. Thanks.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Aug 11, 2014 - 03:35am PT
Beautiful nature pics Justin!!!! Gracias!

Gym climber
Great White North
  Aug 11, 2014 - 06:58am PT
Great stuff, beautiful pictures and scenery.
Can't wait to head back there next summer.
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Author's Reply  Aug 11, 2014 - 07:43am PT
Thanks W.L. Flip, Ezra, and Anita.

Cool to hear you have been to the area KabalaArch. Supposedly the pic of the Lyell Fork above was Ansel's favorite place in the Sierra. It sounds like you came in this way and looking down at the river and meadows makes me wanna check it out.
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Author's Reply  Aug 11, 2014 - 08:21am PT
Ritter's Western Slope last year.

Exactly one year later.

Sport climber
  Aug 11, 2014 - 08:23am PT

A great TR with phenomenal photos...

And then, OT, I have to ask one question for the pure sound of it: Is Mindy on the Mind thread?

Trad climber
Nevada City
  Aug 11, 2014 - 08:57am PT
i wana take a dog up there, looks like fun. thanks for the share, i can never get tired of these types of views.
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Author's Reply  Aug 11, 2014 - 06:28pm PT
Thanks Marlow. The mind thread I believe was named after her.

Kahola, you should definitely do that.

  Aug 11, 2014 - 06:58pm PT
Talus over brush any day. Beautiful high-spirited personable TR. Alway like it when other people join me in mis-identifying summits.
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
  Aug 11, 2014 - 08:21pm PT
Great TR.

I'm a occasional volunteer ranger for that district, and you may enjoy my fellow ranger's exploration to find Ansel's last camp:,68712,68718#msg-68718

The last post of that thread links to a TR of the lakes up that basin.

For those who like the area of Bench Valley and would like to see the trails brought up to standard may want to send a note to the Forest. Believe it or not, these are actually paid attention to, in setting priorities for trails.
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