Chocolate Peak - 6.2.12

June 06, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Saturday's destination was Chocolate Peak, which is a small bump directly above Long Lake on the trail to Bishop Pass. Shooting sunsets in the backcountry usually involves hiking back to the car in the dark. And since the Bishop Pass trail is so heavily traveled, I figured this would be a good summer warm up to night hiking.

 

The approach to Lake Lake goes by pretty quick, and then on to Ruwau Lake, where the trail gets a little steeper and less distinct. From there, a scramble up the ridge leads to the top of Chocolate Peak, where I sat and waited for the sun to set.

 

It could be a while...... but this is the view I came for. Mt Goode and Bishop Pass:

Mt Goode and Bishop Pass

Shooting with two cameras allows me to take self portraits:

It also allows me to easily switch to a telephoto lens to catch the moon coming up behind me:

Last light hitting the ridge:

And one last shot at dusk:

As darkness was quickly approaching, I opted for a shortcut, taking the direct route back to the trail. This turned out to be a mistake, as that side of Chocolate Peak is quite steep and loose. Following the ridge back to Ruwau Lake may be more distance, but is considerably easier.


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