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Wyoming 2001 - Day 4-6
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Bridger Wilderness - Wyoming
Aug 2001 - Days 4 to 6

Day 4: Valentine Lake to Grave Lake
Day 5: Grave Lake over Hailey Pass to Skull Lake
Day 6: Skull Lake to Camp near Big Sandy Trailhead
    Passing thru Forest Fire enroute.

Roger and Austin on Trail to Hailey Pass

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Troop 24 "The High Adventure Troop" Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker

Date(s): August 2001. Album by cascade_bill. Photos by Bill & Jason. 1 - 70 of 70 Total. 3233 Visits.
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Valentine Lake - a beautiful but heavilly used area.

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Day 4: Valentine Lake to Grave Lake Camp.
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Another shot of Valentine Lake with Payson Peak beyond - the fishing was poor.

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After a mile or so from Valentine Lake, the trail enters the beautiful meadows of Ranger Park

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Close up of Bill

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A passing hiker volunteered to take this group picture - Roger, Bill, Austin, Fred, Shelby, Jason, Peter, Danny, and Brian.

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Close up - Payson Peak in background.

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Jason, Brian, Peter, and Danny

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The meadows of Little Wind River (we crossed here) and Payson Peak.

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Another view of Payson Peak as we hiked north down the Little Wind River Valley.

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Taking a break at the upper end of Grave Lake - Shelby and Austin enjoy this sandy beach

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View up Grave Lake - Musembeah Peak in the far distance is on the continental divide.  The trail skirts Pilot Knob - the rounded peak to the left.

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Danny takes a swim it Grave Lake.
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View up Grave Lake - Pilot Knob ahead - The lake does a dog leg to the left of Pilot Knob and extends about as far as we can see here.  It is a huge lake..

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Fred follows the trail as it winds around Grave Lake.  This is near the junction with the "Onyon Medius" (Onion Meadows) trail.

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Because of a huge talus slope at the base of Pilot Knob, the trail climbs a few hundred feet to give this view.  Fred makes his way at the right.

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View back to the end of Grave Lake from the high point below Pilot Knob.  You can see that it is really a huge lake.

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The upper end of Grave Lake.  Our camp near the sandy peninsula jutting into the lake on the right below.

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The water was shallow and warm at our camp on Grave Lake.

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Jason at our camp at Grave Lake - Pilot Knob in the background.

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Creek flowing into Grave Lake near our camp.

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Taking it easy in our camp.

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Jason and Peter doing a little reading.

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Afternoon sun on Grave Lake.

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Day 5: Grave Lake to Skull Lake vi Hailey Pass.
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Packing up at Grave Lake.

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The sheer face of Hooker Mountain - This was near the crossing of Baptiste Creek.

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Heading up the trail near Baptiste Creek - Danny hangs back.

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Close up.

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Peter & Jason.

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Peter & Jason - just below the final ascent up Hailey Pass.

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Roger and Austin coming up the trail to Hailey Pass.

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Jason and Shelby - Hailey Pass behind them.  The final climb was very steep with a lot of switchbacks.

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Close up of Jason.

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Close up of Shelby.

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The crew at the top of Hailey Pass.

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Bill, Fred, Shelby, Danny, Jason, Buckwheat, Peter, Austin, and Roger.

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Looking down at our route from the top of Hailey Pass.

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Buckwheat at Hailey Pass.

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Upper Twin Lake below Hailey Pass (beyond lake)

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Descending the trail below Hailey Pass - Mt Geikie across valley.

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Danny & Peter thread their way between the boulders.

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Waiting for Bill at the junction of the Hailey Pass (Bear's Ears) trail and the Pyramid Lake Trail - Shelby, Fred, Austin, (green haired Roger)

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Maes Lake - Hailey Pass is at the upper right beyond the shoulder of Pyramid Peak.

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Taking a break at Maes Lake - we were going to camp here but the fishing was poor (no strikes or fish) so we went on to Skull Lake.

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Austin at Maes Lake.

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Brian and Roger - Maes Lake.

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Maes Lake - Tower Peak and the western side of Mt. Hooker(right)

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Our camp at Skull Lake -(Left to Right) Tower, Hooker, & Pyramid Peaks.

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Peter - in Camp at Skull Lake.

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Sunset at Skull Lake.

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Day 6: Skull Lake to Dad's Lake.
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Cooking breakfast at Skull Lake - Peter & Danny.

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Group Picture before we head out from Skull Lake.

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Group pic #2.

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Jason, Shelby, Fred, Danny, Brian, Peter, Roger, Austin, Bill.

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Danny and Peter crossing Washakie Creek.

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View back towards Washakie Cr meadows- Pyramid peak at the right & Mt. Geikie to the left.

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Bill and Fred near Marm's Lake - We stopped and had our best fishing of the trip.

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Day 6: Dad's Lake to Camp 6 (near Trailhead)
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Peter and Danny - at Mirror Lake.

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Looking over Fish Creek Park from Mirror Lake we could see there was a forest fire ahead (copter is dot above trees)

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The fire was on both sides of the trail - Shelby kicking dirt on a hot spot.

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Roger and Fred, check out the fire.

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Looking west, to the treeline at the edge of the meadow at the smoke of the fire.

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Copter with bucket heads to fire.  We had intended to camp at the little lake that the copter was getting water from.

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Copter getting water from lake.

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Close up of copter.

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A second copter lands in the meadows just off the trail - the command post for the fire was here.

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Looking back (Mt Geikie is to left of center) - the smoke of the fire can be seen.

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