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PostWed Jun 14, 2017 4:21 pm 
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Wanted a workout. Got a late start. Didn't get to trailhead until 2:00. At lake by 4:00. grabbed a bite to eat and headed out. Lake thawed completely. Had my fishing gear, but it looked pretty quiet. Quite a bit of snow around lake still, but the upper rock fields on left of lake are open. Fresh blasting notices taped to the trees. Met one guy coming out when I was heading in. He had been to tarn "on top" of the ridge; poked around; hit Green Ridge Lake on way out; was heading for car when we bumped in to each other. Open at top of ridge he said, but snowy on Carole lake side.
I definitely got my workout. Nor sure which got me more; going up or coming down! Thighs let me know their disapproval next morning

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PostWed Jun 14, 2017 9:17 pm 
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Thanks DE.  That's some great beta.  Been in that way 10 times.  LOL.  Never gets old.

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PostFri Jun 16, 2017 12:50 am 
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You didn't mention lengths of rope laying on the ground along some of the steeper sections of that trail -- supposedly to help some miners with some physical challenges get up and down. Are they still there?

Thanks for the report. This trail is definitely a work out, and at times a route finding problem especially above the Green Ridge Lake turn off.

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PostMon Dec 09, 2019 8:15 am 
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Dec 6, 2019.
Three of us did the hike and scramble to Green Ridge Lake, Hi-Low Lake and high point north of the lakes.

It is steep, as in 40% grade sustained.  Similar to old Mailbox grade. Saw no evidence of any rope.
Lost the trail after the fork to Green Ridge Lake.
We bush whacked up through the thick underbrush and snow to Green Ridge Lake and Hi-Low Lake  which are both frozen over.
We continued beyond Hi-Low and did the class 3 scramble up to the ridge north of Hi-Low Lake.
We did not have the time/desire to summit nearby Floating Rock.

From there we followed ridge west to the pond.  Making a loop which then connects to the steep Green Ridge Lake trail.

We used microspikes for much of the day, helped on the snow and even for the steep trail descent.
Our group concluded that once is enough for this route.   But maybe with some passing of time we will reconsider.

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PostTue Dec 10, 2019 9:56 am 
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Brave souls walking on the lake this early in the season. Thanks for posting the report.   up.gif

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PostTue Dec 10, 2019 10:08 am 
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Been wondering about this one, thanks for posting.  It does look steeper than old Mailbox, which is about 30%.
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PostTue Dec 10, 2019 10:52 am 
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Been up that trail ten times.  Its very steep at times.

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PostTue Dec 10, 2019 12:54 pm 
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To get a numerical value for the percent grade of any given trail I have been using a bicycling website (RideWithGPS.com).  It will accept any gpx file for any route (hiking or biking).  Then it provides an option to display it's calculated Percent Grade along that route.

Don't know how accurate it's calculations are but below are graphs showing the percent grades for Old Mailbox and Green Ridge Lakes.   Both appear to have long sections of near 40% grade.

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PostTue Dec 10, 2019 10:04 pm 
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Kudos for an innovative loop high up on Green Ridge. You got some great looks at the lakes.

FredV wrote:

This looks like you did the crux of the route for Floating Rock -- it's all meadows to the top past this rocky rib.
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Cool shot. The lake froze at a high water level then drained out from under the ice.

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PostWed Dec 11, 2019 10:45 pm 
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I was there about the same time last year, we "snowshoe bushwhacked" or scrambled over snowy talus to all 6 lakes up there.  Very interesting freeze patterns in Green Ridge lake.

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PostThu Dec 12, 2019 7:15 pm 
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Spring 1997.  A conditioning hike with the scouts, to GR Lake

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PostSun Dec 15, 2019 9:43 am 
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Thats a great pic Lops.

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