The beginning of the trail has a very steep descent, 2,000 feet down in 2.5 miles without switchbacks. You can see how the whitebark pine become so short and twisted at this elevation, around 10,000 feet.
They saw a few bighorn sheep along the way.
View of the Canyon.
They stayed in backcountry campsite 4E1. Permits are available at the backcountry rangers offices and are free, first come first serve. There are food poles to hang food and other scented items such as toiletries out of reach of bears.
The next morning when hiking out the peak of Mount Washburn came into view.
Backcountry geothermal area.