One of our backpacking trips last year was doing the first few days of the High Sierra Trail. The trail is 72 miles one way, from Crescent meadow to the Whitney portal. While it’s a gorgeous area of our planet, far removed from the chaos of the world below, doing ~120 miles at elevation (7,000 - 12,000 feet) over ten days for the round trip would have been a little... advanced, for our skill level.
On the morning of the third day, as we were retracing our path back out, the sun was at our backs. A few minutes before, it had crested the hills we’d just come from, and started wending its tendrils down into the valley below.
The world wakes to the sun-god rising
The NPS site has more photos showing the variety of the terrain, and some of the stark beauty you can find on the trail back there. I’ve got more (un-retouched) photos of our hike in a gallery.