A large, intriguing mountain, the east end of which is covered with red spires (the Piute Crags). The route makes for a good trail run, with the bonus of great views along the way. The peak was named by John Muir for his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson. From North Lake, take the trail to Piute Pass, which goes up a wide valley in a mixed conifer forest. The trail climbs a steep, rocky step before coming to the lake known as Loch Leven. Before the lake you are confronted on your right with the Piute Crags, a bizarre assortment of craggy spires that would, by themselves, make the hike memorable. A sought-after goal for rock climbers, the crags offer Class 5 climbing. The trail levels off again before starting the grind up to Piute Lake. Wildlife is abundant in this valley, especially deer, squirrels, and bears.
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