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PostWed Aug 14, 2019 8:44 am 
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Not much to say about this hike, since it's been done by everyone on the planet, except I'm glad the forest portion wasn't boring, as I remembered it from my trip there a decade ago. Then it was a sunny day. This weekend was foggy, so perhaps that is the wonderful difference. Plus, it's not all scraggly forest as I remembered, much of it is beautiful recovering forest from an old burn. I love it when you smell it before you see it - Alaska yellow-cedar. Sublime.

Pretty much just photos to share: (edit: I don't have full-on photos of the lake; I guess I enjoy all the other stuff so much, I forgot to load the lake into Flickr  embarassedlaugh.gif ).

And I forgot to load the photo of millions of blown anenomae. (anenomaeii? anenomes? aeer?). But there were millions.

Crystal Lakes, MRNP
Crystal Lakes, MRNP
Crystal Lakes, MRNP
Crystal Lakes, MRNP
Crystal Lakes, MRNP
Crystal Lakes, MRNP
Crystal Lakes, MRNP
Crystal Lakes, MRNP
Rainieria stricta. Head-scratcher until I got home and looked it up. Flower like silvercrown, leaves like fireweed. We dubbed it False Silvercrown fireweed. We're witty, boy.
Rainieria stricta. Head-scratcher until I got home and looked it up. Flower like silvercrown, leaves like fireweed. We dubbed it False Silvercrown fireweed. We're witty, boy.
Shaggy ink cap in the morning
Shaggy ink cap in the morning
Shaggy ink cap in the afternoon
Shaggy ink cap in the afternoon
Cusick's speedwell
Cusick's speedwell
Cusick's speedwell
Cusick's speedwell
O wait, here's a lake photo
O wait, here's a lake photo
Crystal Lakes, MRNP
Crystal Lakes, MRNP
Crystal Lakes, MRNP
Crystal Lakes, MRNP
Crystal Lakes, MRNP
Crystal Lakes, MRNP
Crystal Lakes, MRNP
Crystal Lakes, MRNP
Amanita with a tarn on top and bough reflection
Amanita with a tarn on top and bough reflection
Alaska yellow-cedar flags
Alaska yellow-cedar flags
alaska yellow cedar
alaska yellow cedar

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PostWed Aug 14, 2019 1:37 pm 
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Whew, great photos--and on the sort of day when I'd decide it was too wet to hike!
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PostWed Aug 14, 2019 1:49 pm 
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fabulous, Kim. up.gif

I must be living on another planet, because I have not hiked that trail.  dizzy.gif

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PostWed Aug 14, 2019 2:09 pm 
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I forgot to add that JimK and I hiked this trail. It's always polite to name the hiking partner. Fun time. up.gif

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PostWed Aug 14, 2019 3:22 pm 
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Great pics Kimmy.   up.gif

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PostWed Aug 14, 2019 4:58 pm 
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a little moisture can lead to great close-ups.  love the shrooms!
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PostWed Aug 14, 2019 7:27 pm 
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I have a trip report with lots of photos at: Crystal Lakes Report

Here are a few of my photos:

Raindrop Needles
Raindrop Needles
Indian Paintbrush
Indian Paintbrush
Kim At Work
Kim At Work
Elephant Head
Elephant Head
Cloudy Point
Cloudy Point
Lotsa Anemones
Lotsa Anemones
Upper Crystal Lake
Upper Crystal Lake

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PostThu Aug 15, 2019 12:28 pm 
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Acting on a tip that it isn't as crowded as you'd think on weekends, I went there on a recent Saturday. We got there at 9, so not super early, but still practically had the upper lake to ourselves. It seems like most people went to Crystal Peak which is the opposite of how things used to be. We did un-decorate a small, lakeside baby spruce of the orange peels and egg shells someone left. We went up to Sourdough Gap which had more folks than the lake. Lots of cars at the th when we got back, but all in all, considering how Rainier gets hammered on weekends now*, it was surprisingly quiet.

*I overheard someone at the th say they had a permit to camp at the lakes, but they didn't have the actual permit because when they tried to get it at the wilderness info center, it would have been a 4 hour wait.
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