Test trip with bad MCL, so I was moving relatively slow although I was able to scramble some intermittent Class 4 up the toe of an unnamed eastern buttress, then slog across the top of the cirque to the high point...where there was no register. Smokey skies ruin the views; dammit. Descended southeastern slope of Kuna Crest (S) to avoid downclimbing Class 4 with one leg.
Part of the SC2016 crowd. Pictures
Mono Pass TH to Spillway Lake to Helen Lake to summit. Gusty 25 mph headwind all afternoon, whitecaps on 10,952' Helen Lake. What a view in every direction! One of my favorite viewpoints in Yosemite.
This area is fabulous, the alpine lakes alone are worth it!
Climbed as part of a two day outing with Mammoth Peak, Donohue Peak, and Gem Peak. Kuna Creek Basin was very scenic. Would like to head back there sometime.