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PostMon Oct 02, 2006 2:03 pm 
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Location : 32 miles NW of Leavenworth. End of White River Rd. Indian head Creek TH
Access : road conditions good SR 207 > Wenatchee River Rd> White River Rd.
Maps : This area is partially on 4 GTM, I used a TOPO custom map
Stats : To Airplane Lake : 5.5 mi. and 3050', to Mt. Saul summit 6.8 and 5000',roundtrip 14 mi, 5250', 13.5 hr.

I had missed last weeks trip into the "Lost World Plateau"  shakehead.gif and needed a fix after several weeks, especially with this great weather. I talked to Steve about more than a few options, of course as usual we wanted it all and we wanted it all day. He mentioned something about Airplane Lake and I looked at the map and noted Mt. Saul above it to the W and we agreed to agree on it tentatively weather pending. There are no trails to the lake or summit I noted, and all the gain subtracting Indian Head Creeks level path would be off trail basically 5000' in 2-3 miles, of which 3000' of that was in the first mile. Doing a little searching I found several TR's which disclosed a fishermens / climbers path and Steve had heard of this so we had some good beta on where to go off trail up.gif .
We were on the trail at 0630 Sun. using headlamps and made our way quickly on the very level and scenic Indian Head Creek Trail, the fall colors were striking agree.gif . Maybe 4-5 miles in we found an old campsite (very prominent) and the trail opposite that on our right faint at first, but becoming very prominent after that (smells fishy winksmile.gif ). The trail heads strait up the gut with plenty of blowdown and overgrowth, luckily it was clear and cool out and we just kept on keeping on arriving at the lake in 4.5 hr. next to the outlet. A beautiful lake adorned with fall colors and the rocky basin of Mt. Saul high above us chickenleg.gif . We dropped packs briefly filled our water supply and ate some energy food. You just can't loiter to long around these lakes, they can alter you sensorium and you might never make that peak lol.gif . We left crossing the outflow over a log jam and decided to take Southern of the E ridges which looked easiest and quickest and huffed up and inward to the rocky basin with it's boulder field and slab rock. Once up we decided to cross the boulder field and take a heather covered ramp up to the N gain the ridge and see what was next. Just over the ridge was another narrow plateau of slab rock, heather, boulders, and a nice long snowfield which lead  back to the S and the summit of Saul. It was rather cool, but we had clear skies and great views of Glacier, Kodak, Sloan, Ten Peaks, Clark, David etc..., after maybe 30 min. we descended after getting a birds eye view of the lake and decided to return via the other side of the lake, so after the rock we ambled down heather and lightly forested slopes and around to the penninsula side of the lake. Gorgeous wide open area. Steve broke out the telescoping pole and with each cast, a hit, and a fish. After maybe 5-10 min. he was all smiles and that just added to an already feature packed day with remoteness, ridges, a lake, a peak, fish and the fall colors and weather. We headed back suffering the impact, but it seemed to go by quickly maybe because it's strait down. I must say though that even though the path is tough, it gets some use for some reason hmmm.gif . We hit the Indian Head Creek Trail and picked the pace up getting back about 8:00pm with headlamps. Another great day in the mountains with a great guy. Thanks Steve. hockeygrin.gif  up.gif  up.gif
Fall color along Indian Head Creek Trail
Fall color along Indian Head Creek Trail
First views up the Airplane Lake Drainage of Airplane Lake Basin and Mt. Saul
First views up the Airplane Lake Drainage of Airplane Lake Basin and Mt. Saul
Looking toward the penninsula on the N side of Airplane Lake
Looking toward the penninsula on the N side of Airplane Lake
Beautiful sectio of the SE ridge we followed to Mt. Saul's Basin
Beautiful sectio of the SE ridge we followed to Mt. Saul's Basin
Airplane Lake from Mt. Saul Basin
Airplane Lake from Mt. Saul Basin
Point 8373 on Clark Mtn. note the break in the upper ridge line and the ramp leading NE to Clarks summit. This is one route from Boulder Creek Basin to Clark.
Point 8373 on Clark Mtn. note the break in the upper ridge line and the ramp leading NE to Clarks summit. This is one route from Boulder Creek Basin to Clark.
Basin, NE ridge / saddle of Mt. Saul, and Clark Mtn. from the S
Basin, NE ridge / saddle of Mt. Saul, and Clark Mtn. from the S
From the SE ridge approach we crossed a boulder and snow field over to the vegetated ramp and took steep slopes to the ridge and over heading back S to Mt. Sauls summit (class 2)
From the SE ridge approach we crossed a boulder and snow field over to the vegetated ramp and took steep slopes to the ridge and over heading back S to Mt. Sauls summit (class 2)
Steve playing cast, catch, and release with the Cutthroat trout
Steve playing cast, catch, and release with the Cutthroat trout

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PostMon Oct 02, 2006 3:00 pm 
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I dont see any airplanes? doh.gif  uhh.gif

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PostMon Oct 02, 2006 3:52 pm 
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I wondered about that name, I thought well, maybe a plane crashed there or somethhing, someone said, well it looks like an airplane ?, maybe with some imagination, maybe a stealth bomber, but someone might have an idea on that. confused.gif
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PostMon Oct 02, 2006 4:42 pm 
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Way to go guys  agree.gif   Only wish I had gone, but the masses' thirst had to be quenched at Oktoberfest  drink.gif  so  I didn't get home until  1 in the morning.......That sounds like a toughie, bookended with headlamps.
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PostMon Oct 02, 2006 4:58 pm 
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My swollen left knee is telling me it was, and Steve considered doing a midweek hike, but after that he said he was rethinking the midweek thing in favor of some recovery time. I have to take it easy and save myself for next weekend. winksmile.gif
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PostMon Oct 02, 2006 5:05 pm 
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Nice TR!

Hope you don't mind, but I threw two of your pics into PhotoShop and applied auto-levels to de-haze them. That point 8373 looks pretty nice...

airplane-lake
airplane-lake

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PostMon Oct 02, 2006 5:12 pm 
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WOW, bomber the gulley looks like a steep climb, but the notch in the ridge near the top and the ramp you descend to looks much better, more 3 dimensional. up.gif
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PostMon Oct 02, 2006 5:47 pm 
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Getting to 8373 looks sick!
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PostTue Oct 03, 2006 12:57 am 
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another nice tr :>) i was up this peak a few years ago, thanks for the memories and photo's, what a great trip!  you pick some cool places to visit.
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PostTue Oct 03, 2006 8:50 am 
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b00 wrote:
another nice tr :>) i was up this peak a few years ago, thanks for the memories and photo's, what a great trip! you pick some cool places to visit.

Thanks b00, the same can be said for you, I always enjoy your trips and contributions. Fortunately I have come to benefit from, respect, and enjoy the company and ambitions of some knowledgeable and adventuresome people who love the outdoors and favor remoteness and solitude over the beaten path if possible. So many TR's here from so many great places, it seems if you read them and see the pics it's like you've just been there yourself, so you start looking through maps and guidebooks for something different in the near term and stumble on some good stuff.  up.gif  up.gif
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PostTue Oct 03, 2006 4:16 pm 
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I think it looks a bit like a stealth.  Or the blended wing things they're going to these days (in concept).

Nice pics!  Looks lovely!
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PostTue Oct 03, 2006 4:29 pm 
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o/t, but DHM can you share your best P-Shop "de-hazing" technique? I have a couple of tricks, but I think your way might be better.

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PostTue Oct 03, 2006 5:58 pm 
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marylou wrote:
o/t, but DHM can you share your best P-Shop "de-hazing" technique? I have a couple of tricks, but I think your way might be better.

In this case, I was just being lazy and applied an Auto-Levels from within Photoshop.

Typically, I'll apply Auto-Contrast, then Auto-Levels and decide which looks better and use one or the other. If neither gives good results, i.e. blows out the highlights / overdarkens the shadows, I'll go in and manually work with levels and curves.

Auto-Contrast and Auto-Levels fix 90% of the problems most people encounter, though. Amazing how much better things look without the haze, green cast, blue cast, etc. wink.gif

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PostFri Oct 06, 2006 5:11 pm 
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Spotly wrote:
Getting to 8373 looks sick!

Get Out and Go and Steve reconned the area below Clark a few weeks back, most people take The Boulder Creek Trail to the basin and head W - NW doing a rising traverse of the S gulley or the ridge route to about 8000' below the 8300'plus point then drop down through that break in the ridge and head W towards Clark as an overnighter. A strait up the gut via the S gulley was being considered as a dayhike and I want to say it was some 6700' gain in 2 miles or so. The descent would be the sickest part, but there are some sick individuals out there. embarassedlaugh.gif  I took a bunch of pics just to get a feeling for the ridge / gulley / route.
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PostFri Oct 06, 2006 6:04 pm 
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Michael, are you using full on Pshop, or Elements?

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