Mather's Pass, with its fairly vertical ascent can look a little scary, but by crossing the passes in warmer afternoon temperatures, the snow is easy to kick into. We followed essentially the same route that everyone before us took. I would kick the holes a little deeper and at an angle sinking downward so that Stacey felt more comfortable following below me.
We descended the very switch backy Golden Staircase to Palisade Creek and eventually to the Middle Fork of the King's River.
Having reached the top of Muir Pass, we then had a gentle five mile decline through snow and ice to the much talked about Evolution Valley and its eventual crossing over Evolution Creek. The rugged mountains of Kings Canyon National Park have now been essentially completed and accomplished. However, more snow capped passes were soon to come as we approached our exit and resupply point of Red's Meadow and Mamoth Lakes.