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PostFri Jun 12, 2020 3:12 pm 
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I don't mind giving this away, since hardly anyone would go there. Boealps used to go up there for their field trip every spring -- wonder if they still do? This info is twenty years of brush ago, the road was relatively easy to walk, so this is way out of date. Flag is surely gone:

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Getting there:Take Deer Creek Road about a mile to 1968'.

Trail report: Walk the abandoned logging road to the right (shown on the USGS Silverton 7.5' map). This road is in good shape for walking, but not easily bike ridden due to many berms. The road switchbacks three times. Continue on the road to about 2940' (2.4 miles). A berm blocks the road, where beyond the road is very overgrown. Look for an overgrown road to the right marked with a flag. Follow this road to a stream crossing at 3200', where a trail continues on the opposite side. This trail can be difficult to follow but continues up to the Double Eagles mine and a nice waterfall at 3650'.

For more great scenery rarely visited, go away from the mine around the cliffs and some brush to more open forest, heading up to Devil's Lake. Climbers and High Lakers are probably the only people who enjoy the views of Devil's Lake, which has a couple nice campsites.

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PostFri Jun 12, 2020 3:37 pm 
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I canít imagine to many people want to bushwhack when the lake is not impressive. I personally want to do it because it is challenging and my kid and I will have fun searching around. Rumor is 2 adit, 1 by the waterfall and who knows where the 2nd is. Finding the 2nd one is the goal for us.
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PostSun Jun 14, 2020 3:46 pm 
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There is now a large tree across the road heading to the creek, just at the start where the the first fork to the left is. I have a firewood permit, will probably clear it within the next few days.

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PostTue Jun 16, 2020 4:09 pm 
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Cut some firewood there today, but unfortunately the tree is too big for my chainsaw.

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PostThu Jun 18, 2020 11:07 am 
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Nice work.  This trip was enjoyable in spring when the brush is covered and allowed time for Devil's Thumb on the same day.  The brush makes you stronger.
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PostSat Jul 25, 2020 10:33 pm 
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Yeah we lost the trail big time. We made the most of it though and hugged the creek. We saw 5-6 pretty awesome waterfalls but not the one I wanted by the mine. Eventually I found some flagging but it was getting late so my kid and I turned back.
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PostSun Jul 26, 2020 2:51 pm 
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Yeah we lost the trail big time. We made the most of it though and hugged the creek. We saw 5-6 pretty awesome waterfalls but not the one I wanted by the mine. Eventually I found some flagging but it was getting late so my kid and I turned back.

That sounds like a great day indeed.
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PostSun Jul 26, 2020 3:21 pm 
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Well thankfully the FB hikers havenít gotten into off trail hiking yet, so there is that.

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PostSun Jul 26, 2020 4:03 pm 
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Pretty awesome to hike for 8 hours and not see another person.
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PostSun Jul 26, 2020 5:06 pm 
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Right. My friend and I took a wrong turn while hiking in the Bob Marshall and ended up in Grizzly basin and on then onto a trail that was abandoned due to wildfire-deadfall...didn't see anyone for 2 days. Then when we arrived at the Indian Creek guard station, there were mass people, and horses.

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PostMon Jul 27, 2020 10:14 am 
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Riverside Laker wrote:
I don't mind giving this away, since hardly anyone would go there. Boealps used to go up there for their field trip every spring -- wonder if they still do?

I did this as part of the Boealps mountaineering course in spring 2008. Was a fun little snow climb, relatively low effort. Interesting to see the conditions without all the snow.
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PostMon Jul 27, 2020 10:37 am 
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Here is a glimpse

Devils lake
Devils lake
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PostSun Aug 02, 2020 9:50 pm 
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Made it to the mine and the lake. Will do a TR when my body heals.
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PostSun Aug 02, 2020 10:12 pm 
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Cool, I can't decide whether to look at your photos or save it for personal viewing. I think I need to get back up there.

Next you should try Helena lake, up the Independence lake inlet stream, heading NW and over a 500'? high Ridge and down the other very steep west side, with brutal bushwhacking and questionable route finding...great fun!

Ps...if you climb Devils Thumb you can look down on Windom lake below to the NW, the route to Helena continues from there.

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