Picture Puzzle, High SierraThis is a day hike to the top of Picture Puzzle, 13,280+, Inconsolable Range, Eastern Sierra, John Muir Wilderness.
The hike starts at South Lake trailhead. From Hwy 395 in Bishop, turn at West Line St. on 168. Drive 20 miles into the range and turn left on the road to South Lake. Take the Bishop Pass trail up to Long Lake and take the trail left to Ruwau Lake. Go left around Ruwau Lake and scramble up the north slope. (class 2) When you get to the crest traverse along the left side of the north ridge (class 3). The summit is easier class 3 than the traverse. I decided to take a "short cut" down the west chute to the Bishop Pass trail for a descent. Not recommended! It's 2,000' of loose rock and scree. Took 3 hours! Take the ascent route.