Descending the East Side of Mt Whitney
Descending on the east side of Mt Whitney, one heads for the Whitney Portal eight miles away where a small cafe sells hamburgers and french fries and cold beer. From the Trail Crest at 13,600 feet one begins the first of 99 switchbacks that snake down a rock wall.
After descending a bit one looks back to the crest and the divide that separates the two sides of the Sierras. From the left side of this photo on the west side of the ridge, one follows a narrow ridge path for two mile to the summit.
Looking back one notices the ridge leading to the summit and then turning to look down to the valley where the car waits one sees civilization.