the 3.4 mile mark, the trail becomes a rocky meander through
a massive glacial debris slope. From this elevation, at 6,700
feet, landmarks from the early portions of the trail seem tiny
- such as Ruddy Hill, whose red slopes are now a tiny feature
in the right center of this view. This portion of the trail is
snow covered for all but two months of the year, and for most
summer hikers, represents a traverse across a large snowfield.