Pathfinder | 61 pts
A very scenic trip. We had only gone about 300 yards when our first bear meandered across our path completely uninterested in us. The incline is really quite easy up to the junction between Alta Meadow and Alta Peak. We camped at Mehrten Meadows, which was fun (and we were visited by a number of inquisitive deer), though it is bitterly cold in September. This gave us the chance to also explore Alta meadows, a much better campsite with fantastic views of the eastern Sierras. The view from Alta Peak is outstanding. Well worth the effort, and although the climb is never in the same league as Whitney, I would recommend spending at least the previous night in the park to acclimatize if you plan to do it as a day hike. In summary, excellent views, good solitude, and moderate to strenuous work.