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PostSun Aug 15, 2010 7:22 pm 
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We arrived at the parking area at the current "end" of the road and parked amongst the dozen or so vehicles on Tuesday.  As most of you know, the road is currently closed just past Ida Creek Camp so that means we would have to enjoy a bit of road walking to the Chatter Creek TH.  Funny how quickly the road walk went on the way in, the way out would feel MUCH longer. Uhgg...

Anyway. We hiked up the Chatter Creek trail- that sucker is overgrown.  And with supplies for up to 4 days it felt wicked steep.  Brief showers during the day made the vegetation wet which totally soaked us.  Not pleasant.  We camped in an awesome, marmot filled basin just on the other side of the saddle.  It was a long day and sleep felt great.  We got up in the middle of the night to enjoy the dark sky and meteors- good stuff.  FYI, we couldn't find water right near camp, so we melted snow. 

The next day was fantastic.  We made the trek through beautiful sub alpine terrain to the desolate looking Lake Edna.  The trail steeply continues above the lake to a shoulder of Cape Horn.  A giant marmot greeted us at the saddle area.  We took extra care here as the trail traverses some steep terrane, a slip would not be good. 

We continued on towards Ladies Pass and beyond, this it the good stuff for sure.  Our original plan was to camp near Upper Florence, but it was still very early in the day so we decided to press on. 

The trail continued it's path through flower filled meadows pretty much all the way to Frosty Pass.   For some reason we didn't feel compelled to camp at the pass so we dropped down to the Icicle and set up camp for the evening.  The Frosty Creek trail is wicked-brushy!  Nasty stuff. 

We grabbed a nice spot along the creek, ate dinner and went to bed.  The soothing sound of the Icicle was nice to sleep to. 

The next day was a long but pleasant hike along the Icicle Creek trail, then the nasty road walk back past the Chatter Creek TH and on to the car.  The road walk felt like it took forever, but we did see ptamigans (maybe?), a bat, a frog and a lizard so that was cool. 

Oh, the bugs are out in full force.  I got bit by many mosquitos and a variety of different flies.  We only saw a few groups up high- nice and lonely up there.     

We had supplies for up to four nights, we figured we'd be out for three nights,  but ended up moving faster than we thought we would and did it in two nights (three days).  I was tired the next day though  smile.gif

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PostSun Aug 15, 2010 7:56 pm 
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Nice pictures!  The picture of Florence is beautiful! up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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PostSun Aug 15, 2010 8:02 pm 
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nice. thx for the report.
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PostSun Aug 15, 2010 8:50 pm 
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Great beta. I almost did that exact route last week but decided to go else where instead. But will probably do it within the next month sometime. Did you stay on the main trail to Edna or take the short cut boot path due north?
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PostMon Aug 16, 2010 7:31 pm 
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HitTheTrail wrote:
Did you stay on the main trail to Edna or take the short cut boot path due north?

We stayed on the main trail to Edna. Such a nice area.
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