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Sadie's Driver
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PostSat Nov 06, 2010 9:17 pm 
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Pondering where to go on what appeared to be a (likely) miserable day, the Schmidts + Yukon came up with an idea to just go an wander somewhere back by Lake Kachess and see what kind of trouble we could get into!  There was something about picking up a Front Court 100 - Ugly Duckling Peak - as it turns out, you can just about drive to the top of the sad little sucker!  So, Elle and I (Gus and Izzy) met Tish, Jer and Steve (Rowena and Keifer) in North Bend at the "bright and early" time of 9:30 a.m. with light rain falling.  You take the Lake Kachess exit off of I-90 then drive until you get to FS 4948 (not the Rachel Lake trailhead) and then drive some more on borderline 4WD roads to get to the start of the Ugly - don't be expecting a trailhead sign! 
Lake Kachess from FS Road 4948
Lake Kachess from FS Road 4948
Ready to go
Ready to go
At the "trailhead" for the Duck
At the "trailhead" for the Duck
Making our way up
Making our way up

As it turns out, it's all of about 1/2 mile from this point and 486' of gain!   rolleyes.gif  clown.gif

Summiting Ugly Duckling
Summiting Ugly Duckling
HiBox from Ugly Duckling
HiBox from Ugly Duckling
Mt. Margaret from Ugly Duckling
Mt. Margaret from Ugly Duckling
Looking west from Ugly Duckling
Looking west from Ugly Duckling
Swan Lake from Ugly Duckling
Swan Lake from Ugly Duckling
Microwave tower on Keechelus Ridge
Microwave tower on Keechelus Ridge
Our cars below Ugly Duckling
Our cars below Ugly Duckling
Steve as a sitting duck
Steve as a sitting duck

Jer was a bit concerned about the possibility of getting lost, so he had his GPS with him . . . (after our trip to Baldy earlier this year, we weren't about to let him out of our sight either!)

Let's see - better get a way point
Let's see - better get a way point
Down off of Ugly Duckling
Down off of Ugly Duckling
Looking back at Ugly Duckling
Looking back at Ugly Duckling

Knocking that off in all of about 1/2 hour we decided, "What's next?"  Having spied Swan Lake from Ugly Duckling's summit, we decided to stay with the avian theme and head to Swan Lake . . . with a slight detour over to Rock Rabbit upper and lower lakes - the was Gus' suggestion! 
Reflection in Rock Rabbit
Reflection in Rock Rabbit
Rock Rabbit Lake
Rock Rabbit Lake

These are all road walks - unless you decide to take Jer's short cut and virtually walk on water from one lake to another!  Not recommended.  We decided that Swan would be our lunch spot - Keifer couldn't wait.
Capturing Keifer at lunch
Capturing Keifer at lunch
Mmmmmm, lunch
Mmmmmm, lunch
Yummy
Yummy
Looking west/southwest from Swan Lake
Looking west/southwest from Swan Lake
Swan Lake looking west
Swan Lake looking west

It actually was turning out to be a lovely day here in the "Upper Teanaway" (it's ALWAYS sunny in the Teanaway!)   cool.gif
Lunch spot
Lunch spot
Reflection in Swan Lake
Reflection in Swan Lake
The creature of Swan Lake
The creature of Swan Lake
Get it Gus!
Get it Gus!
Got it!
Got it!
Lunch break at Swan Lake
Lunch break at Swan Lake
Carved face at Swan Lake
Carved face at Swan Lake
Demonic Happy Face at Swan Lake
Demonic Happy Face at Swan Lake

We pondered tackling another fabulous peak while in the vicinity, but decided the elevation gain of about 700' was probably too much for all of us - we might experience altitude sickness!   lol.gif
Ugly Maggie peak
Ugly Maggie peak

So, we headed back to the cars and set our sights on another lofty summit - Snooze.  When we were on our way in earlier today, we noticed three pick up trucks with three guys who were busily snipping away at greenery along the road - we didn't give it much thought until we saw these enormous stacks of boughs! 
Bundles of branches
Bundles of branches
Elle checking the clippings
Elle checking the clippings

hmmm.gif  huh.gif Not sure if this is a sanctioned activity, but green holiday wreaths will be hitting your local stores soon!   paranoid.gif
Anyway, we continued on our way to another "drive up" peak - however, this was a bit steeper than Ugly, but we all made it!
Reaching the summit of Snooze
Reaching the summit of Snooze
Summiteers on Snooze
Summiteers on Snooze
Snoozin' on Snooze Peak
Snoozin' on Snooze Peak
Rowena wakes from her Snooze
Rowena wakes from her Snooze
Afternoon skies above Kachess
Afternoon skies above Kachess
Clouds with a little blue
Clouds with a little blue
Lake Kachess from Snooze peak
Lake Kachess from Snooze peak
Gus grants Teve a photo op
Gus grants Teve a photo op
Pondering another Snooze
Pondering another Snooze

And, not wanting to miss a moment, we couldn't let East King get all the glory . . . but Elle refused to remove her shirt!   tongue.gif  embarassedlaugh.gif
East Queen in full pose!
East Queen in full pose!

Amazingly, we didn't get rained on and even had some lovely sunshine.  We opted to continue on FS 4948 on our way back and connect to the Mt. Margaret Road (FS 4934) a fun way to avoid I-90 until the Mt. Margaret trailhead!  And, yup, as soon as we drove over the Keechelus Ridge crest it started to rain!  Oh well, great day out just poking around somewhat aimlessly with a good friends!   winksmile.gif

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PostSat Nov 06, 2010 10:46 pm 
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Looks like fun! Gave some ideas for future trips!  up.gif With snow that might make a good snowshoe trip up that road.

Nice shot Elle. lol.gif  up.gif

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PostSat Nov 06, 2010 11:00 pm 
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Amazingly good weather with nary a rain drop falling all day while we were out in the woods.  The 4WD roads are in good shape with the brush recently cut back.  Just a couple inches of snow at the Pass near Microwave Hill.

DSE_4173 - Bypassing the slick moss
DSE_4173 - Bypassing the slick moss
DSE_4176 - Row on the edge
DSE_4176 - Row on the edge
DSE_4190 - Ugly Duckling crew (and summit!)
DSE_4190 - Ugly Duckling crew (and summit!)
DSE_4191 - Toy cars
DSE_4191 - Toy cars
DSE_4198 - Kiefer pays tribute to the Dogmother
DSE_4198 - Kiefer pays tribute to the Dogmother
DSE_4199 - Queen of the Mountains
DSE_4199 - Queen of the Mountains
DSE_4202 - Izzy wants more snow
DSE_4202 - Izzy wants more snow
DSE_4206 - Rock Rabbit Lake
DSE_4206 - Rock Rabbit Lake
DSE_4208 - Water dog at play
DSE_4208 - Water dog at play
DSE_4211 - Crazy angles
DSE_4211 - Crazy angles
DSE_4216 - Won't be many more reflections this year
DSE_4216 - Won't be many more reflections this year
DSE_4223 - Mountain whippet
DSE_4223 - Mountain whippet
DSE_4227 - Approaching Swan Lake
DSE_4227 - Approaching Swan Lake
DSE_4230 - Road does NOT continue thru!
DSE_4230 - Road does NOT continue thru!
DSE_4242 - Eerie surface fog forms
DSE_4242 - Eerie surface fog forms
DSE_4244 - Reed grass at Swan Lake
DSE_4244 - Reed grass at Swan Lake
DSE_4246 - Clearing skies at Swan Lake
DSE_4246 - Clearing skies at Swan Lake
DSE_4251 - Fading Fall color reflections
DSE_4251 - Fading Fall color reflections
DSE_4252 - The Moors
DSE_4252 - The Moors
DSE_4253 - Gus showing Row how it's done!
DSE_4253 - Gus showing Row how it's done!
DSE_4256 - Dog mayhem!
DSE_4256 - Dog mayhem!
DSE_4257 - Testing the waters
DSE_4257 - Testing the waters
DSE_4259 - Success!
DSE_4259 - Success!
DSE_4262 - Row telling Kief the glorious story
DSE_4262 - Row telling Kief the glorious story
DSE_4264 - "Again?!?!?"
DSE_4264 - "Again?!?!?"
DSE_4268 - Epic road walk!
DSE_4268 - Epic road walk!
DSE_4271 - Doozy of a Snooze!
DSE_4271 - Doozy of a Snooze!
DSE_4275 - Warming in the Sun
DSE_4275 - Warming in the Sun
DSE_4276 - Gus insisted on a portrait pic!
DSE_4276 - Gus insisted on a portrait pic!
DSE_4278 - Lake Kachess
DSE_4278 - Lake Kachess
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PostSun Nov 07, 2010 8:47 am 
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Sadie's Driver wrote:

Summiteers on Snooze
Summiteers on Snooze
Snoozin' on Snooze Peak
Snoozin' on Snooze Peak

Sorry I missed out on the epic snoozing. biggrin.gif  up.gif
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PostSun Nov 07, 2010 1:11 pm 
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Did you photoshop all that blue stuff in your pictures?  confused.gif  hockeygrin.gif
Looks like a fun day was had by all!

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PostSun Nov 07, 2010 8:52 pm 
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Ugly TR and a real snooze fest. Not even a single dead animal sighting. You're going to have to do better than this. Maybe wait for the snow and take a snowmobile to the summit. Yeah, that's the ticket!

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PostSun Nov 07, 2010 9:34 pm 
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puzzlr wrote:
Ugly TR and a real snooze fest. Not even a single dead animal sighting. You're going to have to do better than this. Maybe wait for the snow and take a snowmobile to the summit. Yeah, that's the ticket!

tongue.gif  Don't encourage Dude and Yukon . . .

cool.gif Nancy, that was REAL sun and sky!  Woo-hoo.

Barb, you missed a classic "killer" hike - why, the roadwalk alone could have done us in!   winksmile.gif

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PostWed Nov 10, 2010 3:16 am 
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Thanks for a fun time everyone!  By the way, it's the "Home Court" SD.   wink.gif  lol.gif


Upward to Ugly Duckling
Upward to Ugly Duckling
This peak has gone to the dogs....oh, and Dude and Yukon too.
This peak has gone to the dogs....oh, and Dude and Yukon too.
Looking towards Mt. Margaret and Swan Lake
Looking towards Mt. Margaret and Swan Lake
Ugly Duckling descent
Ugly Duckling descent
Never fear stick, Gusto is here!
Never fear stick, Gusto is here!
Rock Rabbit Lake
Rock Rabbit Lake
What?
What?
No puddle too shallow for this dog!
No puddle too shallow for this dog!
Puppy play
Puppy play
Arrival at Swan Lake
Arrival at Swan Lake
The sun makes an appearance over Swan Lake
The sun makes an appearance over Swan Lake
Caught making a dirt nest?  The evidence is clear!
Caught making a dirt nest?  The evidence is clear!
Which one is scarier - Dude or the angry tree? Tough call!
Which one is scarier - Dude or the angry tree? Tough call!
Sadie's Driver ascends Snooze
Sadie's Driver ascends Snooze
Looking back over Kachess Lake
Looking back over Kachess Lake
The Snooze Crew
The Snooze Crew

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PostWed Nov 10, 2010 9:00 am 
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Schmidt Altitude wrote:
Thanks for a fun time everyone! By the way, it's the "Home Court" SD.  wink.gif lol.gif

Front Court - Home Court who cares!!!   moon.gif

The REAL story here is that a Schmidt actually downloaded pictures to a trip report!!!!   eek.gif  stun.gif  lol.gif

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