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PostSat Sep 29, 2007 11:57 pm 
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Stats:
39 miles
7000’+
Gazillion Lakes and Peaks
Concert under the stars by some stars

Let's get the details out of the way first – here’s our route:
Map of the Sawtooths
Map of the Sawtooths
Our starting point (Pettit Lake)
Our starting point (Pettit Lake)
First night (Alice Lake
First night (Alice Lake
2nd night - Upper Cramer Lake
2nd night - Upper Cramer Lake
3rd night - Alpine Lake
3rd night - Alpine Lake
Last day - Redfish Lake
Last day - Redfish Lake

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Day One:  Pettit Lake to Alice Lake (7 miles or so and 1500’+)
We continue the Idaho hiking story where we left off.  It was cold, dreary and wet on Sunday (09/23) when we did Proctor Mountain outside of Ketchum – even got some wet snow.  In fact, Baldy had fresh snow on top – titillating the skiers in Sun Valley.  By Tuesday (09/25) when I (the Driver) finished the conference, I drove by and picked up Jim K. at his bro’s house and off we went on the Hiker Jim second annual Sawtooth trek  and headed to points north and an entrance to the Sawtooths at the Pettit Lake trailhead.  Jim agreed to allow me to tag along – I promised to “carry my own weight” on this trip (read:  pack the Cabernet!).

As we pulled in at the trailhead, another car pulled in next to us – a solo hiker who wasn’t sure which way to head – but wanted to get to Toxaway Lake to take some photos for a hiking book he was writing.  He commented that he was from Virginia – but now living in Boise – and had done 900 miles of the Appalachian Trail – but it was nothing like the Sawtooths!!!  He said his trail name is “Road Dog.”  We introduced ourselves by our trip report names and Jim gave him a card with his hiking website.  We wished him well and off we headed at about 2:00 p.m.
Trailhead start to the Sawtooth experience
Trailhead start to the Sawtooth experience
Road Dog and Hiker Jim comparing notes at Pettit Lake trailhead
Road Dog and Hiker Jim comparing notes at Pettit Lake trailhead

Hiking etiquette is a bit different here in Idaho.  Not only do they provide leashes for your four-legged friend, they only require that they be worn in the summer.  Downright neighborly!
Fido is provided with a leash during "leash season"
Fido is provided with a leash during "leash season"
Seems a reasonable compromise!
Seems a reasonable compromise!

About 1/3 of a mile up the trail, we reached the trail divide, closely followed by the Wilderness boundary.
Trail divide at Pettit - we are heading to Alice Lake
Trail divide at Pettit - we are heading to Alice Lake
Entering the Wilderness
Entering the Wilderness

The topography and vegetation was definitely NOT the Cascades!  After all, we started at 6900’ and it’s much drier.  We were in shorts and long sleeves, but quite comfortable.  Both of us flatlanders had to adjust to the altitude gain, but bless those Idahoans, they believe in 10% grade on their trails!  Much appreciated when you have a 30 lb.+ backpack with altitude!  (I think Jim is tipping his hat to the trailblazers in this pic!)
Jim on trail along Pettit Lake
Jim on trail along Pettit Lake
Trail towards Alice into the Sawtooths
Trail towards Alice into the Sawtooths
Cloud Mountains across the valley as we head up from Pettit to Alice
Cloud Mountains across the valley as we head up from Pettit to Alice
Glam pose in front of El Capitan
Glam pose in front of El Capitan
Beefcake pose in front of El Capitan
Beefcake pose in front of El Capitan

We arrived at Alice Lake around 4:30 p.m. and poked around a little for a camp site – finding a lovely spot not far from the lake and somewhat protected from the wind – but we weren't really worried, because the weather predictions were good for the next two days – deteriorating on Friday, the day we would leave.   
Alice Lake and color
Alice Lake and color

After setting up camp, we wandered around the lake finding oddities of nature.  Some more odd than others (warning, the photo you are about to view may be a little “raw.”
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X-rated
Either hieroglyphics on the rocks of Alice Lake or worms!
Either hieroglyphics on the rocks of Alice Lake or worms!

Once the sun dropped below the mountains to our west, the temperature also dropped – time to bring out the down jacket.   campfire.gif
In the evening at Alice Lake
In the evening at Alice Lake

We had the place to ourselves.  Bedtime was about 9:00 p.m.

Day Two:  Alice Lake to Upper Cramer Lake (16 miles and 3400’)We started out the day at 9:30 a.m. thinking we would get to Hidden Lake – about 11 miles away (and over two 9300’+  divides).  Up we head to pass by Twin Lakes on our way to Snowyside Pass.   
Looking up the trail toward the Pass
Looking up the trail toward the Pass

It was brisk as we started out, but the gain from Alice to the Pass would warm us up quickly.   
Trailmarker for Twin Lakes and towards Snowyside Pass
Trailmarker for Twin Lakes and towards Snowyside Pass

The views were spectacular.  The trail is easy to follow.  However, looking from the start towards the Pass, one would never have guessed the route because it cuts through seemingly solid rock walls that have been blasted away – invisible from below.   
Snowyside above Twin Lakes
Snowyside above Twin Lakes
Peaks above Twin Lakes looking south
Peaks above Twin Lakes looking south
Twin Lakes with Snowyside Peak beyond
Twin Lakes with Snowyside Peak beyond
Jim in morning sun heading up to Snowyside Pass
Jim in morning sun heading up to Snowyside Pass
HJ up the trail - Snowyside above and to the left
HJ up the trail - Snowyside above and to the left
Jim at Snowyside Pass
Jim at Snowyside Pass
Twin Lakes from Snowyside Pass
Twin Lakes from Snowyside Pass
Looking west from Snowyside Pass to a tarn above Toxaway Lake
Looking west from Snowyside Pass to a tarn above Toxaway Lake

We thought we might see Road Dog if he was making a loop from Toxaway to Alice, but we never did run into him.  At the Pass, Jim gave some thought to a scramble up Snowyside, but the route looked a little uncertain with the fresh snow and the possibility of a slippery route.  So, down we headed to drop from 9350’ to 8320’ at Toxaway Lake.
Down Snowyside Pass - fresh snow, no tracks
Down Snowyside Pass - fresh snow, no tracks
Hillside with blue, blue above
Hillside with blue, blue above
Undulating Rocks down the slope
Undulating Rocks down the slope

We decided to stop for a bite to eat around Noonish at the Lake.  It was warming up nicely and we enjoyed some lovely views across the Lake.   
Lunch stop at Toxaway Lake
Lunch stop at Toxaway Lake
Cloud Mountains looking east across Toxaway Lake
Cloud Mountains looking east across Toxaway Lake

Soon, we headed on towards the next juncture that would take us up to Toxaway Divide.  The nice thing so far on our route is that junctures are well-marked.  Route finding wasn’t a problem.   
Trail sign to Edna heading up to Toxaway Divide - looking up at Payette Peak
Trail sign to Edna heading up to Toxaway Divide - looking up at Payette Peak

It was at this juncture that pant leg bottoms came off and long sleeves were stashed.   
Shorts and shortsleeves in order heading up Toxaway Divide
Shorts and shortsleeves in order heading up Toxaway Divide

We would climb from 8300 up to another 9300’+ saddle - getting some great views of the lakes below.
Toxaway Lake
Toxaway Lake
Toxaway Lake with peaks to the southeast - route down is in the upper left
Toxaway Lake with peaks to the southeast - route down is in the upper left
Looking north on Toxaway Divide trail - with four lakes in view (east of Toxaway Lake)
Looking north on Toxaway Divide trail - with four lakes in view (east of Toxaway Lake)

Although 1000’ doesn’t sound like much, at this elevation and with full packs, we weren’t as speedy as we might have been.  Very different vegetation here – it was low, scrub-like/dry.  Payette Peak was to the West of us.  No snow was in evidence to the Divide –
South side of Toxaway Divide
South side of Toxaway Divide

But on the other side of the Divide – a different story.   
Snow on the north side of Toxaway Divide
Snow on the north side of Toxaway Divide
Trail Marker at Toxaway Divide
Trail Marker at Toxaway Divide
Payette Peak from Toxaway Divide
Payette Peak from Toxaway Divide

We were making good time, actually – better than we expected.  We began to re-think our destination for the day.  Meanwhile, down we headed towards Edna Lake (8404’).  Lovely looking back to the Divide.
South side of Toxaway Divide
South side of Toxaway Divide
Looking up to Toxaway Divide
Looking up to Toxaway Divide
Lake Edna in basin below Toxaway Divide
Lake Edna in basin below Toxaway Divide
Interesting tree at Toxaway Divide
Interesting tree at Toxaway Divide

At Edna, we would come upon a couple of junctures/options, but we were on a mission to Hidden Lake, which would take us by Lake Virginia and some lovely color.
Trail marker from Virginia Lake to South Fork of the Payette
Trail marker from Virginia Lake to South Fork of the Payette
Virginia Lakes
Virginia Lakes
Virginia Lake color
Virginia Lake color
More Virginia Lake color
More Virginia Lake color
Crossing the mighty Payette River
Crossing the mighty Payette River
Trail marker from Virginia Lake to Hidden Lake
Trail marker from Virginia Lake to Hidden Lake

After a few photos, we were on our way to Hidden Lake, reaching the lake about 5:00 p.m. and deciding we still had enough steam to press on to Upper Cramer Lake – because there really aren’t any decent camping spots anywhere between the two!  The light was getting lower as we headed from Hidden up towards Cramer Divide.
Hidden Lake - we decide to press on
Hidden Lake - we decide to press on
Hidden Lake hidden as we head up Cramer Divide (looking south)
Hidden Lake hidden as we head up Cramer Divide (looking south)
On the south side of Cramer Divide - still in sunshine (and shorts!)
On the south side of Cramer Divide - still in sunshine (and shorts!)
Tarn tucked deep between two rock walls (on way up to the Divide)
Tarn tucked deep between two rock walls (on way up to the Divide)

Admittedly, the energy was a little less as we traveled from 8563’ at Hidden to Cramer Divide at 9405’.   It’s amazing to be at (practically) Mt. Stuart level here at the Divide and looking across to Mt. Baker-sized peaks almost at eye-level!  Spectacular.
Trail marker at the Cramer Divide (9450':)
Trail marker at the Cramer Divide (9450')

As we dropped into the moraine heading down to the Cramer Lakes, the sun also was leaving us – and there was snow still sticking on this side of The Temple.
Jim just below divide - The Temple above him still in the sun
Jim just below divide - The Temple above him still in the sun

What a god-forbidding place!  Very little vegetation anywhere in this moraine – but the pikas we spotted seemed quite fat and happy!  We wound our way down through the rocky rubble – passing the occasional tarn.
Western "wall" down the Cramer Lake trail
Western "wall" down the Cramer Lake trail
Tarn in the basin below Cramer Mtn and The Temple
Tarn in the basin below Cramer Mtn and The Temple

The sun was setting – causing some interesting colors against the pinnacles.
Pinnacles to the south above the moraine of Cramer Lake trail
Pinnacles to the south above the moraine of Cramer Lake trail
.  .  .  on reflection . . .
.  .  .  on reflection . . .

We could see Upper Cramer ahead of us – and none too soon!
Dusk  - looking down to Upper Cramer
Dusk  - looking down to Upper Cramer
Inlet stream to Upper Cramer (@ 7:30 p.m.!)
Inlet stream to Upper Cramer (@ 7:30 p.m.!)

We finally found a camping spot about 7:45 p.m. and set up the tent, food hanger and ate dinner – and hit the sack about 9:15 p.m.  Thinking that I would sleep instantly because of the long day – I struggled, probably falling into a sound sleep about 2:00 a.m.  We were visited throughout the evening by four-legged creatures exploring our packs in the vestibule.  Fortunately, they didn’t find anything to munch on!!

Day Three – Upper Cramer Lake to Alpine Lake (7 miles, 1000’)
Alpine Lake to Baron Divide/Baron Lakes/back to Divide (4+ miles, 800’)

The morning light would provide some perfect opportunities for pics before heading out – today’s day would be much shorter and allow us some time after reaching Alpine Lake to do some exploring while the weather was still good.   
Morning stillness at Upper Cramer
Morning stillness at Upper Cramer
Waterfall taken from above at Upper Cramer as it drops to Middle Cramer
Waterfall taken from above at Upper Cramer as it drops to Middle Cramer
Packing up and heading out
Packing up and heading out
Camp buddy doing clean-up
Camp buddy doing clean-up
Zoom of waterfall
Zoom of waterfall
Outlet "waterfall" from Upper Cramer to Middle Cramer - taken from shore of Middle Cramer
Outlet "waterfall" from Upper Cramer to Middle Cramer - taken from shore of Middle Cramer

So, after wandering around awhile, we headed out of camp at the crack of 11:00 a.m.!  To our surprise, however, there were two guys just breaking camp at mid-Cramer Lake.  They apologized that they had just finished the last of the coffee!  On we headed down the trail, passing lower Cramer Lake . . .
Lower Cramer Lake
Lower Cramer Lake

We had about 1000’ of elevation to lose before we would cross Redfish Lake Creek.  Most of that was through forest (a pic from Baron Divide gives a good view of the trek from Cramer to Alpine). 
Through the "forest"
Through the "forest"
Heading down Redfish Creek
Heading down Redfish Creek
More pinnacles
More pinnacles
Looking up-valley (south) from where we had come
Looking up-valley (south) from where we had come

We cross the creek
HJ crossing Redfish Lake Creek
HJ crossing Redfish Lake Creek

and then find the trail juncture to Alpine.  On Friday we would continue on this main trail toward Redfish Lake.  But we were on a mission toward Alpine (note the pair of swim shorts conveniently left on top of the sign for HJ – great colors, Jim!)
Trail juncture - spare swim trunks available
Trail juncture - spare swim trunks available

Looking up-slope to where the trail was supposed to go, one would have grave doubts – it looked like nothing but a rock face.  Well, indeed there was a trail to follow.
The "Camel" above Alpine Lake trail
The "Camel" above Alpine Lake trail
Pathetic cairn
Pathetic cairn

We climbed the nearly 1000’ feet to Alpine Lake 
HJ on trail toward Alpine
HJ on trail toward Alpine

– arriving around 2:00 p.m. – got camp set up
Hiker J at Alpine Lake
Hiker J at Alpine Lake
Room with a view (Alpine Lake)
Room with a view (Alpine Lake)

and then decided to head up to Baron Divide (9200’) and from there we would decide where else to wander.
Another view across tarn
Another view across tarn
Across the tarn on Baron Divide trail
Across the tarn on Baron Divide trail
Looking S/SE from Baron Divide trail (we are heading N/NW)
Looking S/SE from Baron Divide trail (we are heading N/NW)
Baron Lakes from the Divide
Baron Lakes from the Divide

At the Divide, we decided to grab a bite to eat and then do a little scramble up another 100’ or so for some excellent views on either side of the divide – back to Alpine and Cramer Lakes and down to Baron Lakes on the other side. 
Looking East from scramble peak
Looking East from scramble peak
Alpine Lake in foreground - Cramer Lakes mid to left of photo from scramble
Alpine Lake in foreground - Cramer Lakes mid to left of photo from scramble
Baron Lakes from scramble
Baron Lakes from scramble
From scramble looking north - Baron Lakes in foreground
From scramble looking north - Baron Lakes in foreground
Scramble peak (9340':)
Scramble peak (9340')

Heck, it was early, so we headed down to Upper Baron – where we saw 4 hikers camped with a dog (we had followed their tracks from Alpine).  We also got some great views.
Baron Divide and scramble peak looking across Baron Lake
Baron Divide and scramble peak looking across Baron Lake
Looking south across Baron Lake for a scramble route up and over to Warbonnet Lake (Baron Divide to the left)
Looking south across Baron Lake for a scramble route up and over to Warbonnet Lake (Baron Divide to the left)
Across Baron Lake looking N/NW
Across Baron Lake looking N/NW

On our way back up to Baron Divide, we met a couple heading in – they actually were going to meet up with the group down at the Lake – and then all of them were headed out to Grandjean (about 12 miles from Baron Lake – but all down hill).  Since we were headed out the next day, the impending weather didn’t worry us – but the couple coming in weren’t looking forward to two days of bad weather on their way out – they did mention that they had brought a space heater for the tent!  (The temperature was supposed to drop and snow was predicted for later Friday and Saturday.)  We headed on back to Alpine - it was nearly 6:00 p.m.
Peak above the tarn near Baron Divide
Peak above the tarn near Baron Divide

We caught a glimpse of some recent bear activity - but, that's about as close as we got to seeing any evidence of real wildlife. 
Evidence of bear in the neighborhood
Evidence of bear in the neighborhood

Once back at the lake, we could hear some voices – but never saw anyone (no, really, we did hear REAL voices!).  We had a lovely dinner (along with the carefully packed Cab) - got things cleaned up and called it a day around 9:00 p.m.  It actually was “warm” (well, relatively) – didn’t need the hat for bed.  No critters in the vestibule tonight.

Day Four - Alpine Lake to Redfish Lake Inlet (and out - downhill most of the way!)
The weather had definitely turned and the wind was picking up.   
Clouds above Alpine Lake
Clouds above Alpine Lake

By 7:00 a.m. we agreed that the best idea was to get going and try to make the Noon shuttle from Redfish Inlet back to Redfish Lake Lodge where Jim’s sister-in-law, Carol would pick us up.  We ate breakfast and packed up and were on the trail by 8:50 a.m.  It didn’t take us long to get back to the main trail (all down hill!) and on our way.  There was color along the way – and a side trip . . .
Heading down the trail
Heading down the trail
Colors on the way out of the Sawtooths
Colors on the way out of the Sawtooths
Redfish Lake Creek
Redfish Lake Creek
Color and the end of the Wilderness valley
Color and the end of the Wilderness valley
Trees growing from rock
Trees growing from rock

Then we spotted this huge rock (you're only seeing the tip of the iceberg - so to speak!) – covering what had been the trail (you can see it under the rock(!) by where Jim is standing).  This rock also had crushed a tree (sorta’ visible under the rock) – and it didn’t look like this had happened all that long ago!  Gees, that could ruin a hike.
Rock that displaced original trail
Rock that displaced original trail

The weather was still looking gloomy, 
Ominous clouds as we are leaving the Sawtooths
Ominous clouds as we are leaving the Sawtooths

so we clipped right along, catching a glimpse of the Lake
First siting of Redfish Lake
First siting of Redfish Lake

and then soon reaching the trail junction we knew we were close.
Direction to water taxi on Redfish Lake
Direction to water taxi on Redfish Lake

Bench Lake route would take you by trail to the end of the Lake, the other direction takes you to the Inlet where you can pick up the shuttle and save 5 miles!  Right about here, we met two guys and a dog coming up the trail.  They had just been dropped off by the shuttle (it wasn’t quite 11:00 a.m.).  Shoot, we would have to wait about an hour for the next one.   
Redfish Lake (Inlet) Trailhead
Redfish Lake (Inlet) Trailhead

But, as we headed toward the Inlet, I heard the boat, and, indeed, it was docking and we beat feet to make it to the dock and grab a ride down to the Lodge.
Leaving the Sawtooths via water taxi down lake
Leaving the Sawtooths via water taxi down lake

We gave a call to Carol and waited to be picked up and hauled back to my car at Pettit Lake.  While at the Lodge, we looked around and had a snack (the Driver had PLENTY of food still left - can't be too careful about starving to death on the trail!) 
Wide shot of Redfish Lodge
Wide shot of Redfish Lodge
Redfish Lake Lodge and General Store behind
Redfish Lake Lodge and General Store behind
Jim at the Lodge
Jim at the Lodge

And, in case you're looking for the perfect little get-away for that special moment . . . here you go!
The Honeymoon Suite
The Honeymoon Suite

We actually were a couple hours earlier than we originally planned – and the weather was off and on, but it was good to be heading out, because the clouds still looked iffy.  Back towards Ketchum we headed – picking up a little scenery on the way.   
Heading up to Galena Pass
Heading up to Galena Pass
Roadside color
Roadside color
Along the road back to Ketchum
Along the road back to Ketchum

Saturday, September 29, 2007
BUT WAIT, there’s more!!!  It was our good fortune that this very weekend a benefit concert was planned to thank the many, many fire-fighters and locals who helped beat back the horrible fire that struck the Warm Springs area about 6 weeks ago.  Jim and I took a drive into the burn area and it was absolutely amazing that NO homes were lost to this fire – it came literally to the backyard of several homes.  Soooo, Steve Miller, Carol King and Bruce Willis agreed to have the Kick Ash Bash in honor of the many crews who worked so hard.  Here are some pics from tonight’s concert (Sept. 29).   rockband.gif
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
Carol King
Carol King
Steve Miller Band
Steve Miller Band
Steve Miller
Steve Miller

(video to follow!)

Maybe those fires weren't all the way out - - -  I could have sworn that I smelled burning grass . . .  ooohhh-eee-doobie-doo!  paranoid.gif  hmmm.gif  lol.gif


What a great week.  About 56 total miles and 9300’ (including Proctor last Sunday) – a variety of weather – and a fabulous outdoor concert to top it off!  Thanks, Jim!  up.gif  biggrin.gif

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PostSun Sep 30, 2007 12:26 am 
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Gorgeous! Great trip report...thanks for sharing it! smile.gif

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PostSun Sep 30, 2007 6:01 am 
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The Sawtooths are a really great place to backpack. I can't wait for my third annual trek next year. I'll be posting my report with photos here in a few days.

Thanks to the Driver for getting a report and photos up so fast.

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PostSun Sep 30, 2007 6:31 am 
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A really great trip.  Thanks. up.gif

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Great trip.  I enjoyed reading of your adventures.  Imagine all those peaks to scramble!!!! cool.gif

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PostSun Sep 30, 2007 9:51 am 
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What a great time you guys had.  I certainly would like to get into this neighborhood.

Trail marker at the Cramer Divide (9450':)
Trail marker at the Cramer Divide (9450')

I love this sign!  New signs are nice, but give me an old, weather beaten, wildlife eaten sign anytime.
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PostSun Sep 30, 2007 9:58 am 
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Very nice trip report. Seems like the perfect time of year for that area. I see that avi chute on Grand Mogul in my nightmares! Last year about this time, we came down that when the ground was frozen solid and it was like walking on small marbles. If I'd had my crampons, I would have worn them. I took a header down that thing with 3 or 4 full-body flips and landed eye first on the handle of my trekking pole. Good times  up.gif

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PostSun Sep 30, 2007 3:44 pm 
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Spotly wrote:
Very nice trip report. Seems like the perfect time of year for that area. I see that avi chute on Grand Mogul in my nightmares! Last year about this time, we came down that when the ground was frozen solid and it was like walking on small marbles. If I'd had my crampons, I would have worn them. I took a header down that thing with 3 or 4 full-body flips and landed eye first on the handle of my trekking pole. Good times  up.gif

Gosh, Spotly, I'm really sorry I didn't get to try that maneuver!   lol.gif We pretty much stuck to the trails, because of the fresh snow and we weren't sure how icy it was.

Great spot!  However, the color coming across Snoqualmie Pass on my way home (long, freakin' drive by yourself!!!  redface.gif ) were absolutely lovely along the road all the way from the climb out of Easton down to about FS 9030!  Even in the dreary, gloomy, rainy, gray welcome back to the Puget Sound!  Next weekend is a color search weekend!

Dayhike Mike wrote:
Gorgeous! Great trip report...thanks for sharing it!

Thanks, DH Mike -

Nothin' like your adventure this summer, but a great trip and, fortunately, great weather!

JimK wrote:
Thanks to the Driver for getting a report and photos up so fast.

You're welcome - it was a personal challenge  lol.gif  You did notice what time it got posted, right??  And Mountain Daylight Time it was 2:00 a.m.!

TrailPair wrote:
Great trip.  I enjoyed reading of your adventures.  Imagine all those peaks to scramble!!!!

TP - you would have loved it - so many peaks, so little time!!  (and they weren't buried in the clouds/fog!) Need to do more off-trail stuff and allow enough time to do it!!

Magellan - you would love this area - you've got to put it on your list!  Timing is everything - no bugs, good weather - not too hot and no snow/rain, and NO crowds!  Perfect.    twirl.gif   up.gif

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Fabulous TR for my home state!  good stuff folks!  love all the images!
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PostSun Sep 30, 2007 8:08 pm 
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Wow, that giant rock in the trail is freaky!

All this and a Steve Miller concert!  up.gif

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Quark wrote:
All this and a Steve Miller concert!  up.gif

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Kick Ash Bash

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Four-paw buddy lets me tag along!
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JimK
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JimK
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PostSun Oct 07, 2007 5:39 pm 
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It took a week but I have my trip report up with 115 photos. They can be found here:

Sawtooth Traverse Report & Photos


Here are a few of my favorites:

El Capitan
El Capitan
Tarn
Tarn
First Light
First Light
Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes
The Temple & Moraine
The Temple & Moraine
Darkness Coming
Darkness Coming
Sunset Reflection
Sunset Reflection
Rock Formation
Rock Formation
Baron Lakes
Baron Lakes
Dinner
Dinner
Click For Big Map
Click For Big Map
Wood River Aspen
Wood River Aspen

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Magellan
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PostTue Oct 09, 2007 9:20 pm 
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Gorgeous pictures Jim!!  Thanks.
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