One last look back at Middle Palisade (center of picture, the 3rd high point in the background) before going down on the switchbacks. It was 5:30 PM by now. I left the summit at 1:10 PM. It was very hot into the Sun, but I was goin to be in the valley just in a few minutes, and it was all in the shade. From here to the parking lot I think there are about 2.5 miles.