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Dreamy gaze to Eagle Cap reflected from the Pittsburgh.

Climb steadily and steeply NE up the final 8 rocky switchbacks through mostly wide-open terrain with a few stunted pines. Finish easier over rocks between the pines on the widening and rounded summit of Eagle Cap. Without a doubt this sought-after locale holds one of the very best 360-degree panoramas for a peak anywhere! Continuing E you see the large deep blue Glacier Lake below for the first time in its own grand basin. Just ENE is Pittsburgh N of the lake. Past the lake E is Pittsburgh Peak with Pete’s Point and Aneroid Mountain NE. And due N between the Hurricane Divide and Hurwal Divide are Pittsburgh and Sacajawea Peaks towering above countless colorful lakes. Return to the Pittsburgh Lake area or hike the long slog 9Y mi NW to the Two Pan TH (which seems at least 3 mi too long for most sane individuals on a day hike). Cheers!

A century and a half ago, in 1868, a young man unsure of the direction of his life—he called himself “an unknown nobody”—wandered into the Sierra Nevada in California and found himself transfixed. John Muir, born in Scotland and raised in Wisconsin, had never seen anything quite like these western ramparts and the beautiful Yosemite Valley they surrounded, so he returned the next summer for a deeper immersion.

“We are now in the mountains and they are within us,” he wrote that second summer, “kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us. Our flesh-and-bone tabernacle seems transparent as glass to the beauty about us, as if truly an inseparable part of it a part of all Nature, neither old nor young, sick nor well, but immortal.”

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