October 23rd was another spectacular fall day in the Sierras with an extremely scenic and pleasant climb of Mount Conness via Young Lakes. This outing came a day after the Brazen Racing Rocky Ridge Half Marathon Championships and fit the bill for a more low-key day in the mountains physically. The route we took is one of the longer approaches to the mountain, but the views of Tuolumne Meadows and gorgeous Young Lakes along the way more than compensated. I did not have any expectations for Young Lakes but they turned out to be one of the highlights of the day complete with a full-fledged alpine beach! New snow on the surrounding cliffs of the Young Lakes cirque added to the beauty and we spent considerable time at the main lower lake both on the trek in and on the way out. We contemplated taking a swim but the crisp fall temperatures behooved us to stay dry. This is definitely a spot I will definitely be returning to explore further. The summit of Mount Conness provides a commanding view of virtually all of the Yosemite high country including a great overlook of Half Dome and Tenaya Lake as if you are flying. My favorite angle from the summit was looking up Lyell Canyon to Mount Lyell and Mount Maclure. Roundtrip was around 8 hours with plenty of breaks and photography. Here are some of my favorite photos with many more here.