The destination of this stretch: Guitar Lake. Most hikers stay here and prepare for an early morning start on Mount Whitney the next day. At 11,400 feet Guitar Lake is a high camp far above treeline with little protection from the wind and cold.
However, the beauty of this place makes it worthwhile. Named the Best Place to watch a Sunset by backpacker magazine, you won't be disappointed. Towering above you is Mount Whitney (though the summit is out of sight), and the peaks of the Kaweahs poke out to the west.
Use lots of sunscreen here - the air is thin and there is no where to escape the intense sun!