Day 1: Pettit Lake to Twin Lakes
Day 2: Twin Lakes to Vernon Lake
Day 3: Vernon Lake to Ardeth Lake
Day 4: Ardeth Lake to Edna Lake
Day 5: Edna Lake to Imogene Lake
Day 6: Imogene Lk to Last camp
Day 7: Last Camp to Trailhead - Drive to Seattle
Danny and Jason at Pass above Twin Lakes
Note: (3/9/05) I Added about 100 photos by Jason - on the title these are the photos ending in "j".
Troop 24 "The High Adventure Troop" Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker
Date(s): August 2002. Album by Cascade Bill. Photos by WHM/Jason. 1 - 214 of 214 Total. 3641 Visits.
would this trip be realistically possible with two parents (us) and a 12 year old daughter? Those pictures that were taken are breathtaking. - Scott Lyons, Mon, 8 Nov 2004 12:58PM
enlarge 106KB, 800x533 1 id000aj Austin, Danny, and Shelby - Stop at Rest Area on drive to trailhead.
enlarge 62KB, 800x533 2 id000bj Pettit Lake at Twilight - We camped at the campground at Petit Lake for our first night.
enlarge 64KB, 800x533 3 id000cj Telephoto shot of Pettit Lake
enlarge 117KB, 800x533 4 id000dj Supper at campground at Pettit Lake - Shelby, Bill, Roger, Danny, and Austin.
enlarge 128KB, 800x533 5 id000ej Getting ready to head out - Shelby, Austin, and Andrew - pretty much controlled chaos the first morning of a backpacking trip. You can see that the cocoa water is boiling.
enlarge 123KB, 533x800 6 id000fj Bill - getting his boots on.
enlarge 183KB, 800x633 7 idmp01 Day 1: Pettit Lake to Twin Lakes
enlarge 68KB, 800x533 8 id000gj The trail skirts the west side of Pettit Lake- here looking up the valley we wee heading.
enlarge 114KB, 607x800 9 id001 View from Trail along Pettit Lake up Valley- Prominent Peak at Left Center is McDonald Peak.
enlarge 118KB, 800x608 10 id002 Andrew at Pettit Lake
enlarge 142KB, 800x533 11 id002aj Danny, Bill (behind Austin), Austin, Shelby, Roger, and Andrew - Just beyond Pettit Lake the boundary of the Sawtooth Wilderness Area is reached.
enlarge 135KB, 800x533 13 id002dj Austin crossing creek (about two miles from trailhead at Pettit Lake Campground).
enlarge 114KB, 800x533 14 id002ej Bill, Danny, and Andrew crossing stream.
enlarge 147KB, 800x533 15 id002cj View of creek from trail above.
enlarge 105KB, 800x533 16 id002fj Shortly after the second crossing of the creek, the trail breaks out of the forest and enters a large meadow (3 miles from the trailhead). The "lake" shown on the topo map is really a widened area of the creek as seen in the photo above.
enlarge 92KB, 800x533 17 id002gj Looking up the valley from the meadow - The trail begins a series of switchbacks here gaining elevation to climb into a hainging valley over the small ridge to the right. I think the peak in the center is "El Capitan".
enlarge 83KB, 800x607 18 id003 View Up Valley from switchbacks opposite McDonald Peak. The trail cuts to the right into a hanging valley containing Alice Lake.
enlarge 104KB, 533x800 19 id002hj Jason at bridge over creek in hanging valley below Alice Lake.
enlarge 94KB, 800x533 20 id003aj Another view down to main valley from lip of hanging valley.
enlarge 99KB, 606x800 21 id004 Looking back down the valley from lip of hanging valley. It's a pretty stiff climb to this point.
enlarge 102KB, 800x607 22 id005 Danny at small ponds below Alice Lake.
enlarge 108KB, 800x605 23 id006 Andrew at small ponds below Alice Lake
enlarge 90KB, 604x800 24 id006a Close up of Andrew
enlarge 101KB, 595x800 25 id007 Andrew & Danny - El Capitan in background.
enlarge 93KB, 800x598 26 id007a Close up of Andrew & Danny
enlarge 87KB, 800x533 27 id007bj Alice Lake - a beautiful lake: you can see that this area is aptly named the Sawtooths.
enlarge 0KB, 800x533 28 id007cj.cjp Danny and Andrew at Alice Lake - we saw a lot of day hikers on the trail. We took a long break here (about 5.5 miles from the trailhead and about 1700' climb.) before heading out for our camp at Twin Lakes.
enlarge 133KB, 533x800 29 id007dj View of the lowerTwin Lake from our camp on a peninsula jutting out into the lake. (it was about a mile and another 300' climb) from Alice Lake to our camp here.
enlarge 69KB, 800x533 30 id007ej Twin Lakes
enlarge 106KB, 800x533 31 id007fj Austin preparing supper at our camp at Twin Lakes.
enlarge 101KB, 800x605 37 id008 Danny at Twin Lakes Camp - morning of 2nd day
enlarge 146KB, 614x800 38 id009 Our Camp at Twin Lakes
enlarge 124KB, 605x800 39 id010 Guys at Twin Lakes - We start our day's hike with a long climb up to the pass above Twin Lakes
enlarge 282KB, 800x785 40 idmp02 Day 2: Twin Lakes to Vernon Lake via
enlarge 110KB, 800x533 41 id010aj View back to Lower Twin Lake from trail as it switchbacks up shoulder north of Upper Twin Lake - You can see that the view of the upper lake is obstructed by the shoulder.
enlarge 148KB, 800x533 42 id010bj Switchbacks - you can see Bill far below as he makes his way up to the pass.
enlarge 71KB, 800x533 43 id010cj Telephoto view of Lower Twin Lake - Our camp was near the peninsula shown jutting out into the lake.
enlarge 82KB, 800x533 44 id010dj Panoramic view from pass showing upper and lower Twin Lakes. Alice Lake is seen just to left of center.
enlarge 70KB, 800x533 45 id010ej Peekaboo view of Alice Lake and peaks beyond.
enlarge 93KB, 800x533 47 id010gj Danny and Jason at Pass above Twin Lakes.
enlarge 113KB, 615x800 48 id011 View of Twin lakes from pass below Snowyside Mtn between Twin Lakes and Toxaway Lake
enlarge 90KB, 800x577 49 id012 Twin Lakes as seen from pass - Our camp was on the lower lake in the trees at the base of the peninsula jutting out into the lake.
enlarge 108KB, 800x614 50 id013 Jason at Pass above Twin Lakes
enlarge 104KB, 800x598 51 id014 Cascade Bill arriving at Pass - The trail does not follow the route shown on the topo map but is more to the north.
enlarge 124KB, 800x614 52 id015 Roger, Austin, Andrew, and Shelby Taking a break at the pass - You can see that a cold wind was blowing thru the pass.
enlarge 88KB, 598x800 53 id016 Andrew at Pass
enlarge 109KB, 616x800 54 id017 Danny at Pass
enlarge 95KB, 800x575 55 id018 Danny at Pass - none of us knew he was carrying a 25 pound watermelon in addition to all his regular troop gear.
enlarge 174KB, 615x800 56 id019 Danny checking out snag west of pass
enlarge 135KB, 533x800 57 id019aj Danny climbing snag.
enlarge 105KB, 800x533 58 id019bj Danny strikes a pose.
enlarge 124KB, 800x593 59 id020 Looking west from pass above Twin Lakes - Toxaway lake is below Sand Mtn (brown peak on ridge at center fight). Several chain lakes can be seen below. These make good stopping points to take a break
enlarge 179KB, 614x800 60 id021 Andrew heading down from the pass.
enlarge 150KB, 800x601 61 id022 Close up of Andrew.
enlarge 163KB, 800x594 62 id023 Danny going down switchbacks
enlarge 135KB, 800x533 63 id023aj We stopped to take a break at one of the small "chain" lakes west of the pass above Twin Lakes.
enlarge 137KB, 800x533 64 id023bj Jason at the "chain" lake.
enlarge 123KB, 800x533 65 id023cj Shelby - This was a nice spot to take a break.
enlarge 142KB, 800x533 115 id040nj Tent City at Ardeth Lake.
enlarge 135KB, 584x800 116 id041 Instead of pushing on to another lake, we decided that Ardeth Lake was a good place to stop (after 2 miles). The early morning clouds gave way to afternoon sunshine. It was nive to have an easy day to just hang around camp.
enlarge 135KB, 800x592 117 id042 Andrew reading his book at Ardeth Lake.
enlarge 82KB, 800x598 118 id043 View from opposite side of Ardeth lake - looking towards our camp. Although the lake was beautiful, the fishing was terrible - no strikes or even seen.
enlarge 132KB, 800x533 119 id043aj While Jason went off on a day hike, the card players had at it, Danny and Andew read, I fished - Shelby spent the afternoon trapping chipmunks. Fun was had by all - except the chipmunk.
enlarge 132KB, 800x588 120 id044 Time for Chili - Jason's our chef extraordinare
enlarge 116KB, 800x605 121 id044a It was a fine dinner for my 59th birthday celebration - my congratulations to the cook!
enlarge 103KB, 800x512 122 id045a Andrew, Shelby, and Austin waiting for dinner.
enlarge 106KB, 800x540 123 id046bj Following an old Troop 24 tradition, Jason performs the ceremonial burning of the tee shirt - farewell to the trusty "lynnwood Soccer" shirt.
enlarge 111KB, 800x563 124 id046dj This is one way to keep the pack weight down (socks and underwear too).
enlarge 121KB, 800x533 125 id046ej Roger, Danny, and Austin playing a hand.
enlarge 103KB, 900x518 126 id046gj Bill, Shelby and Andrew enjoy a quiet moment after supper.
enlarge 112KB, 800x580 127 id047 Tent city at Ardeth Lake.
enlarge 143KB, 580x800 128 id048 Danny heading down the trail between Ardeth Lake and the SF Payette River.
enlarge 183KB, 800x533 129 id048aj Camoflage - nobody does it better than the ruffed grouse. (look at photo closely).
enlarge 144KB, 800x533 130 id048bj Austin at small stream crossing trail from Ardeth down to the SF Payette River trail.
enlarge 146KB, 800x581 131 id049 Taking a break at the junction of the SF Payette River and Cramer Lake trails.
enlarge 159KB, 580x800 132 id050 Bill at Virginia Lake.
enlarge 152KB, 533x800 133 id050aj Looking down towards Virginia Lake.
enlarge 129KB, 800x533 134 id050bj Outlet of Lake Edna.
enlarge 136KB, 800x533 135 id050cj View from outlet of Lake Edna down to Virginia Lake.
enlarge 130KB, 581x800 136 id051 Andrew fishing at Edna Lake
enlarge 100KB, 533x800 137 id051aj Snag near our camp at Lake Edna.
enlarge 86KB, 800x593 138 id052 A fat rainbow from Edna Lake
enlarge 102KB, 800x580 139 id053 Edna Lake - looking towards pass on Sand Mountain (to right)
enlarge 157KB, 800x586 140 id054 Andrew's Rainbow
enlarge 117KB, 605x800 141 id056 Andrew & Rainbow
enlarge 74KB, 800x533 142 id056aj Late afternoon view across Lake Edna towards Vernon Lake.
enlarge 74KB, 800x533 143 id056bj Another late afternoon view as the sun sets on Lake Edna.
enlarge 103KB, 533x800 144 id056cj Bill cleaning rainbows from Lake Edna.
enlarge 100KB, 800x533 145 id056dj Shelby and Bill cleaning fish.
enlarge 132KB, 800x600 146 id058 Fish Fry tonight! How come I'm the only one who knows how to clean fish??
enlarge 92KB, 800x593 147 id059 Edna Lake - Vernon Lake is beneath peak in distance.
enlarge 90KB, 605x800 148 id060 Looking towards Sand Mtn from Edna Lake.
enlarge 91KB, 570x800 149 id062 Andrew at Sunset - Edna Lake.
enlarge 85KB, 594x800 150 id063 Sunset at Edna Lake.
enlarge 122KB, 800x533 151 id063cj Camp at Lake Edna.
enlarge 125KB, 800x533 152 id063dj Austin the Taliban Man.
enlarge 241KB, 800x667 153 idmp04 Day 5: Edna Lake to Imogene Lake.
enlarge 141KB, 594x800 154 id064 Shooting the bull at Edna Lake before we head out.
enlarge 114KB, 800x578 155 id065 Morning at Edna Lake.
enlarge 161KB, 800x533 156 id065aj Jason, Danny, Shelby, Austin, and Roger - heading back up to Sand Mtn Pass.
enlarge 114KB, 800x533 157 id065bj After climbing through forest the trail breaks out into meadows above Lake Edna.
enlarge 145KB, 533x800 158 id065cj Andrew - breaking our of the forest - small stream drains into Virginia Lake.
enlarge 137KB, 593x800 159 id066 Heading out on the Imogene Lake trail from pass on Sand Mtn.
enlarge 129KB, 800x577 160 id067 Looking back on the trail from Toxaway Lake as it approaches the pass on Sand Mtn - Snowyside peak in the background.
enlarge 114KB, 593x800 161 id068 Shelby and Roger on trail to Imogene Lake
enlarge 135KB, 800x620 162 id069 Higher up - looking back towards Snowyside Peak.
enlarge 127KB, 800x607 163 id071 Bill at upper pass
enlarge 132KB, 593x800 164 id071a Andrew approaching the higher pass.
enlarge 113KB, 800x600 165 id072 Andrew at upper pass - Sand Mtn beyond Andrew. Edna Lake is hidden behind trees at right.
enlarge 97KB, 800x596 166 id072a Close up of Andrew.
enlarge 116KB, 800x595 167 id073 Edna Lake far below.
enlarge 120KB, 800x600 168 id074 looking northeast - one more pass to go - Unfortunately we have to drop a few hundred feet before heading up again.
enlarge 113KB, 800x588 169 id076 Far off in the distance is Yellow Belly Lake and the valley beyond.
enlarge 100KB, 800x533 170 id076aj Farley Lake (right) and Yellow Belly Lakes.
enlarge 111KB, 800x533 171 id076bj Rocks near pass over to Imogene Lake.
enlarge 155KB, 800x533 172 id076cj Jason at old tree on way up to pass.
enlarge 138KB, 800x533 173 id076dj Ridge at pass.
enlarge 105KB, 800x533 174 id076ej Alpine weather gives the trees here a lot of character - you can see how hard it is for them.
enlarge 137KB, 800x584 175 id077 Imogene Lake from pass - we met a horse packer on top who was waiting for us to reach the top so he could go safely down the steep switchbacks.
enlarge 133KB, 589x800 176 id078 Heading down the many, many switchbacks.
enlarge 165KB, 584x800 177 id079 Danny heading down.
enlarge 114KB, 800x533 178 id079aj Austin, Danny, Shelby and Roger - Cards at Lake Imogene.
enlarge 118KB, 800x533 179 id079bj Camp at Lake Imogene.
enlarge 62KB, 800x533 180 id079cj Sunset at Lake Imogene.
enlarge 113KB, 800x533 181 id079dj Sunset at Lake Imogene.
enlarge 55KB, 800x533 182 id079fj Early morning at Lake IMogene.
enlarge 109KB, 900x546 183 id079ej1 Camp at Imogene Lake - Danny, Shelby, and Roger.
enlarge 123KB, 900x491 184 idmp05 Days 6 & 7: Imogene Lake to the trailhead.
enlarge 116KB, 800x533 185 id079gj Danny washing the breakfast dishes at Lake Imogene.
enlarge 139KB, 589x800 186 id080 Jason at Imogene Lake
enlarge 120KB, 800x603 187 id080a Close up of Jason.
enlarge 125KB, 800x584 188 id081 Packing up at Imogene Lake - Roger, Austin, Danny, and Andrew.
enlarge 107KB, 589x800 189 id082 Austin, the Taliban Man.
enlarge 99KB, 800x608 190 id082a Close up of the Taliban Man.
enlarge 116KB, 800x585 191 id083 Trail along east shore of Imogene Lake (note topo shows trail on west bank).
enlarge 113KB, 800x588 192 id084 Imogene Lake - you can see the pass peaking out beyond the low ridge to the left of the photo.
enlarge 126KB, 800x600 193 id086 Andrew at Imogene Lake
enlarge 129KB, 800x601 194 id087a Bill at Imogene Lake
enlarge 124KB, 800x533 195 id087bj Jason at Imogene Lake.
enlarge 141KB, 585x800 196 id088 Jason at Imogene Lake
enlarge 136KB, 800x602 197 id088a Close up of Jason
enlarge 132KB, 800x533 198 id088bj "Man those horses have long ears", comment by Danny about packtrain on Paseyton hike, 1998.
enlarge 155KB, 598x800 199 id089 Horse packer that we met the previous day - now heading out near Imogene Lake.
enlarge 89KB, 800x533 200 id089aj Hell Roaring Lake
enlarge 143KB, 800x533 201 id089bj Taking a break at Hell Roaring Lake.
enlarge 113KB, 800x533 202 id089cj Sign at our break spot.
enlarge 100KB, 800x600 203 id090 Hell Roaring Lake
enlarge 125KB, 580x800 204 id091 Jason - taking a break at Hell Roaring Lake.
enlarge 109KB, 598x800 205 id092 The "Tooth" from Hell Roaring Lake.
enlarge 160KB, 800x533 207 id093aj Bill - taking a break along trail below Hell Roaring Lake.
enlarge 129KB, 800x533 208 id093bj A "Damn Fine" camp along stream (not much more than a wide spot in the trail. I got a lot of crap about it but a plan is a plan. We were only a mile or two from the trailhead and could camp for free here without having to pay a fee at the Campground in the valley.
enlarge 132KB, 800x533 209 id093cj Dishes being washed for the last time.
enlarge 128KB, 800x533 210 id093dj View of the stream at our last camp.
enlarge 139KB, 800x533 211 id093ej No tents were pitched - we were getting up and heading out before the crack of dawn. - heading down the trail by flashlight.
enlarge 109KB, 599x800 212 id094 Shelby with the favorite reading matrerial on trip.
enlarge 105KB, 800x586 213 id095 Time for a last card game at the last camp - Roger, Danny, and Austin. - we camped about a mile and a half from the trailhead (although the trail came out at a different spot than shown on the map and where we parked our car)
enlarge 130KB, 800x533 214 id095aj Bill's Pack - When I got home I noticed the frame had cracked. Time to get a new pack (after 20 years). (They guys are playing a joke on me here by putting the Maxim in my pack!)