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PostSat May 12, 2012 3:56 pm 
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Past few weekends, I've been widening the net around home to check out conditions.  This one is always a good worker, so I opted for the Deuter 42 and loaded it with a couple of full Nalgenes for some weight.  I have never embraced the "new" Chatter Creek trailhead.  While the old one had limited parking, the trail never dilly-dallied around.  Anyway, it's a nice spring ramble, and after the first crossing of Chatter Creek, you pick up the original trail, which now begins to climb and offers views.
8-Mile, Jack Peak and Trout Creek Valley
8-Mile, Jack Peak and Trout Creek Valley
Harding Makes an Appearance
Harding Makes an Appearance
Typical Chatter Creek Trail
Typical Chatter Creek Trail

Not too many flowers, but a few nice trillium (which I yanked up to take home for Mother's Day)!  rolleyes.gif  ha.gif  ha.gif  ha.gif   The trail is in great shape...no blowdowns or brush and snow-free until just before the creek crossing at the lower end of the basin.  I punched through at a couple spots in the boulder field, where I had my lunch and enjoyed the views.
Lower End of Chatter Creek Basin
Lower End of Chatter Creek Basin
Possible Creek Crossing
Possible Creek Crossing
"Ida" gone up that gully!
"Ida" gone up that gully!
Cashmere Complex and Dr. Creek Basin
Cashmere Complex and Dr. Creek Basin
Trout Creek Valley, 8-Mile, Jack Peak
Trout Creek Valley, 8-Mile, Jack Peak
Lunch Rock
Lunch Rock
Boot Jack
Boot Jack
Van Epps area (?) with Harding on the right
Van Epps area (?) with Harding on the right

Total hiking time was 90 minutes up and an hour back down....no bike ride involved anymore to the TH. up.gif

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PostSat May 12, 2012 5:15 pm 
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Thanks for the beta. Nice  photos. up.gif  up.gif Good ol Chatter Ck. I have had a love-hate relationship with that trail since the 1970's. Not to mention my spooky experience in the upper basin last Labor Day.  But...In my opinion it is the best route into the Lady Lakes area.  The Frosty pass route definitely needs some work now days. I still need to do Snowgrass Mt. and  Grace Lakes.
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PostSat May 12, 2012 5:18 pm 
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up.gif I could do the Ida Lake quick route, I haven't been in there in a few years.

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PostSun May 13, 2012 7:35 am 
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wildernessed wrote:
up.gif I could do the Ida Lake quick route, I haven't been in there in a few years.

I'd be game for Ida.

Grace Lakes has been on my list for a while also.
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PostSun May 13, 2012 10:37 am 
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I do an overnighter at Augusta every year.  I might try to combine an Ida trip with that one.  I wasn't the biggest fan of the gully route a few years back....I'll keep in touch with you guys about that one this summer.  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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PostSun May 13, 2012 11:36 am 
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I was up at Augusta last July. I'd like to get to Ida this year, and both Grace lakes have been on my list for years as well.

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