Did I mention that the views along the High Trail are amazing? There are so many great views of the Minarets, Mount Ritter and Banner Peak that it's enough to make you sick if you are sensitive to beauty. And it goes like this for several miles.
Eventually you will enter a short forested section of trail that will offer some well deserved shade. This comes not too long after a short descent. If you are going to Thousand Island Lake you will soon meet up with the junction.