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Kenji
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PostThu Sep 09, 2021 10:52 am 
63mi/23k' was the most hike I've ever done for a lake visit.  When Dick suggested as a plan B, it sounded good and I didn't research much.  He said it's one of the most beautiful lakes in the Olympics.  Anyway, we stayed on trail for 6 days with many passes to go over, started from Staircase TH looped around the lake and LaCrosse Mtn and back. 2 nights by the lake and 3 at Nine Stream, Honeymoon Meadow and HomeSweetHome.

distance 63.11mi range 820' to 5558' +23555' -23552'
distance 63.11mi range 820' to 5558' +23555' -23552'

First day at the lake was misty with a few sprinkles, then got unexpectedly cold down to freezing.  Our tents all got frosted, my 40deg quilt did not keep me warm enough, but survived.  Fortunately, our 2nd day improved a bit though still chilly and the night was clear.


Some wondering around the lake basin:
Marmot Lk below, Mt Duckabush behind
Marmot Lk below, Mt Duckabush behind
Hart Lake
Hart Lake
Lake LaCrosse from Hart Pass
Lake LaCrosse from Hart Pass

Many bears around lake, too busy w/ berries everywhere:

Milky Way aligned with the lake:

Back on the trail, first to O'Neil Pass then over Anderson Pass to Honeymoon Meadow camp.

from O'Neil Pass
from O'Neil Pass
over LaCrosse Pass, counted 62 switchbacks
over LaCrosse Pass, counted 62 switchbacks

Last night at the meadow:

Going home!

Dave Weyrick, hapemask, raising3hikers, meck, outsider_bulu, Slim, reststep, Hesman, Bowregard, rubywrangler, Tom  RichP
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PostThu Sep 09, 2021 12:02 pm 
Nice one! Really nice pictures!

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PostThu Sep 09, 2021 1:26 pm 
I visited most of your route 3 weeks earlier.  Your photos are so much better than my eyes!
Thanks for sharing.

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