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Idaho Sawtooths 2002
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Sawtooth Wilderness of Idaho
August 2002

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. 4250 Visits.
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would this trip be realistically possible with two parents (us) and a 12 year old daughter?  Those pictures that were taken are breathtaking.
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Scott Lyons, Mon, 8 Nov 2004 12:58PM
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Austin, Danny, and Shelby - Stop at Rest Area on drive to trailhead.

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Pettit Lake at Twilight - We camped at the campground at Petit Lake for our first night.

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Telephoto shot of Pettit Lake

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Supper at campground at Pettit Lake - Shelby, Bill, Roger, Danny, and Austin.

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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.

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Bill - getting his boots on.

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Day 1:
Pettit Lake to Twin Lakes


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The trail skirts the west side of Pettit Lake- here looking up the valley we wee heading.

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View from Trail along Pettit Lake up Valley-
Prominent Peak at Left Center is McDonald Peak.


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Andrew at Pettit Lake

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Danny, Bill (behind Austin), Austin, Shelby, Roger, and Andrew - Just beyond Pettit Lake the boundary of the Sawtooth Wilderness Area is reached.

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Sawtooth Wilderness Boundary sign.

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Austin crossing creek (about two miles from trailhead at Pettit Lake Campground).

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Bill, Danny, and Andrew crossing stream.

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View of creek from trail above.

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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.

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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".

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View Up Valley from switchbacks opposite McDonald Peak.
The trail cuts to the right into a hanging valley containing Alice Lake.


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Jason at bridge over creek in hanging valley below Alice Lake.

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Another view down to main valley from lip of hanging valley.

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Looking back down the valley from lip of hanging valley. It's a pretty stiff climb to this point.

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Danny at small ponds below Alice Lake.

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Andrew at small ponds below Alice Lake

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Close up of Andrew

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Andrew & Danny - El Capitan in background.

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Close up of Andrew & Danny

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Alice Lake - a beautiful lake: you can see that this area is aptly named the Sawtooths.

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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.

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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.

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Twin Lakes

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Austin preparing supper at our camp at Twin Lakes.

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Andew at Twin Lakes (interesting reading material!)

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Old snag at Twin Lakes.

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Andew's tent

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Morning view of Twin Lakes.

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Shelby getting breakfast ready at Twin Lakes.

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Danny at Twin Lakes Camp - morning of 2nd day

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Our Camp at Twin Lakes

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Guys at Twin Lakes -
We start our day's hike with a long climb up to the pass above Twin Lakes


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Day 2:
Twin Lakes to Vernon Lake via


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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.

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Switchbacks - you can see Bill far below as he makes his way up to the pass.

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Telephoto view of Lower Twin Lake - Our camp was near the peninsula shown jutting out into the lake.

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Panoramic view from pass showing upper and lower Twin Lakes.  Alice Lake is seen just to left of center.

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Peekaboo view of Alice Lake and peaks beyond.

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Rocks at pass above Twin Lakes.

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Danny and Jason at Pass above Twin Lakes.

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View of Twin lakes from pass below Snowyside Mtn between Twin Lakes and Toxaway Lake

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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.

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Jason at Pass above Twin Lakes

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Cascade Bill arriving at Pass - The trail does not follow the route shown on the topo map but is more to the north.

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Roger, Austin, Andrew, and Shelby
Taking a break at the pass - You can see that a cold wind was blowing thru the pass.


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Andrew at Pass

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Danny at Pass

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Danny at Pass - none of us knew he was carrying a 25 pound watermelon in addition to all his regular troop gear.

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Danny checking out snag west of pass

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Danny climbing snag.

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Danny strikes a pose.

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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

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Andrew heading down from the pass.

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Close up of Andrew.

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Danny going down switchbacks

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We stopped to take a break at one of the small "chain" lakes west of the pass above Twin Lakes.

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Jason at the "chain" lake.

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Shelby -  This was a nice spot to take a break.

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Stream cascading down granite slabs above Toxaway Lake.

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View of water cascading down granite slabs.

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Snow remnants on shoulder of Snowyside Peak persisting into August.

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View of Toxaway Lake and Snowyside Peak  from switchbacks on Sand Mountain.

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Toxaway Lake and Snowyside Peak

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Toxaway Lake from switchbacks on climb up Sand Mountain.

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Austin and Roger climbing trail up Sand Mountain.

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Danny and Shelby - After climbing to Sand Mtn. Pass (see trail at right) the guys climbed up to his high point overlooking the pass and Toxaway Lake far below.

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Danny and Jason at high point.

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View on back side towards Yellow Belly Lake.

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Looking across to pass that leads down to Imogene Lake - we would be going that way in a few days.

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Looking northeast down valley from switchbacks on Sand mountain.

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As you get higher up on Sand Mountain you can look all the way down the valley to Yellow Belly Lake.

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Danny & Andrew at Pass on Sand Mountain - The trail to Edna Lake heads down and the trail from Imogene Lake goes up the ridge to an even higher pass.

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Camp at Vernon Lake - It was getting late when we got to Vernon Lake.  The shadows were long and we soon would be in the shade.

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Shelby with the trips favorite reading material - Andrew's Maxim magazine.

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Danny finds a sunny spot to put his thermarest for a little reading.

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Roger and Austing setting up their tent.

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Bill and Andrew getting ready to cook supper.

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Day 3 and 4:
Vernon Lake to Ardeth Lake
Ardeth Lake to Edna Lake


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Vernon Lake from our camp - we got in too late and too tired (at least me)  to do any fishing here.

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Packing up at Vernon Lake - Danny, Andrew, Jason, Shelby, Austin.

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Close up of Danny and Andrew - Danny, is that deodorant??

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Jason, Shelby, Roger (hidden) and Austin.

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Taking a break at pass between Vernon and Ardeth Lake.

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Small pond at pass between Vernon and Ardeth Lake

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Another view of small pond above Vernon Lake.

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Austin, Andrew, Roger and Danny taking a break at pass.

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Jason

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Shelby and Jason taking a break.

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Ridge above Ardeth Lake.

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Andrew getting ready to move out.

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Andrew and Danny - heading down to Ardeth Lake.

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Danny cutting Watermelon he hauled in for three days over two passes to celebrate Bill's 59th birthday. A treat enjoyed by all.

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You can't imagine how good that watermelon tasted.

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Danny getting ready to distribute the watermelon to the eagerly awaiting onlookers.

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Man that was good! - Austin, Andrew, Roger, Danny, Bill (Happy 59th), ans Shelby.

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Jason got this view of a waterfall on his hike up the trail above Ardeth Lake.

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Another view of stream and waterfall by Jason.

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Looking down on Ardeth Lake - far off Sand Mountain is right of center.

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View of northern end of Ardeth Lake from ridge above lake.

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Another view of Ardeth Lake.

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Telephoto view from ridge - our camp is in the woods there somewhere.

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Small lake on bench above Ardeth Lake.

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Jason from viewpoint above Ardeth Lake.

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Looking up to ridge from bench above Ardeth Lake.

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Gully leading down to Ardeth Lake.

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Snag on ridge above Ardeth Lake.

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Glen's Peak looms over Ardeth Lake.

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Tent City at Ardeth Lake.

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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.

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Andrew reading his book at Ardeth Lake.

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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.

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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.

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Time for Chili - Jason's our chef extraordinare

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It was a fine dinner for my 59th birthday celebration - my congratulations to the cook!

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Andrew, Shelby, and Austin waiting for dinner.

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Following an old Troop 24 tradition, Jason performs the ceremonial burning of the tee shirt - farewell to the trusty "lynnwood Soccer" shirt.

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This is one way to keep the pack weight down (socks and underwear too).

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Roger, Danny, and Austin playing a hand.

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Bill, Shelby and Andrew enjoy a quiet moment after supper.

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Tent city at Ardeth Lake.

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Danny heading down the trail between Ardeth Lake and the SF Payette River.

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Camoflage - nobody does it better than the ruffed grouse. (look at photo closely).

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Austin at small stream crossing trail from Ardeth down to the SF Payette River trail.

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Taking a break at the junction of the SF Payette River and Cramer Lake trails.

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Bill at Virginia Lake.

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Looking down towards Virginia Lake.

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Outlet of Lake Edna.

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View from outlet of Lake Edna down to Virginia Lake.

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Andrew fishing at Edna Lake

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Snag near our camp at Lake Edna.

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A fat rainbow from Edna Lake

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Edna Lake - looking towards pass on Sand Mountain (to right)

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Andrew's Rainbow

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Andrew & Rainbow

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Late afternoon view across Lake Edna towards Vernon Lake.

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Another late afternoon view as the sun sets on Lake Edna.

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Bill cleaning rainbows from Lake Edna.

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Shelby and Bill cleaning fish.

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Fish Fry tonight!  How come I'm the only one who knows how to clean fish??

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Edna Lake - Vernon Lake is beneath peak in distance.

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Looking towards Sand Mtn from Edna Lake.

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Andrew at Sunset - Edna Lake.

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Sunset at Edna Lake.

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Camp at Lake Edna.

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Austin the Taliban Man.

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Day 5:
Edna Lake to Imogene Lake.


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Shooting the bull at Edna Lake before we head out.

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Morning at Edna Lake.

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Jason, Danny, Shelby, Austin, and Roger - heading back up to Sand Mtn Pass.

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After climbing through forest the trail breaks out into meadows above Lake Edna.

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Andrew - breaking our of the forest - small stream drains into Virginia Lake.

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Heading out on the Imogene Lake trail from pass on Sand Mtn.

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Looking back on the trail from Toxaway Lake as it approaches the pass on Sand Mtn - Snowyside peak in the background.

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Shelby and Roger on trail to Imogene Lake

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Higher up - looking back towards Snowyside Peak.

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Bill at upper pass

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Andrew approaching the higher pass.

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Andrew at upper pass - Sand Mtn beyond Andrew.  Edna Lake is hidden behind trees at right.

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Close up of Andrew.

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Edna Lake far below.

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looking northeast - one more pass to go - Unfortunately we have to drop a few hundred feet before heading up again.

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Far off in the distance is Yellow Belly Lake and the valley beyond.

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Farley Lake (right) and Yellow Belly Lakes.

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Rocks near pass over to Imogene Lake.

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Jason at old tree on way up to pass.

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Ridge at pass.

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Alpine weather gives the trees here a lot of character - you can see how hard it is for them.

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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.

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Heading down the many, many switchbacks.

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Danny heading down.

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Austin, Danny, Shelby and Roger - Cards at Lake Imogene.

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Camp at Lake Imogene.

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Sunset at Lake Imogene.

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Sunset at Lake Imogene.

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Early morning at Lake IMogene.

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Camp at Imogene Lake - Danny, Shelby, and Roger.

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Days 6 & 7:
Imogene Lake to the trailhead.


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Danny washing the breakfast dishes at Lake Imogene.

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Jason at Imogene Lake

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Close up of Jason.

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Packing up at Imogene Lake - Roger, Austin, Danny, and Andrew.

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Austin, the Taliban Man.

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Close up of the Taliban Man.

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Trail along east shore of  Imogene Lake (note topo shows trail on west bank).

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Imogene Lake - you can see the pass peaking out beyond the low ridge to the left of the photo.

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Andrew at Imogene Lake

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Bill at Imogene Lake

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Jason at Imogene Lake.

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Jason at Imogene Lake

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Close up of Jason

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"Man those horses have long ears", comment by Danny about packtrain on Paseyton hike, 1998.

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Horse packer that we met the previous day - now heading out near Imogene Lake.

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Hell Roaring Lake

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Taking a break at Hell Roaring Lake.

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Sign at our break spot.

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Hell Roaring Lake

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Jason - taking a break at Hell Roaring Lake.

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The "Tooth" from Hell Roaring Lake.

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Hell Roaring Lake.

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Bill - taking a break along trail below Hell Roaring Lake.

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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.

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Dishes being washed for the last time.

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View of the stream at our last camp.

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No tents were pitched - we were getting up and heading out before the crack of dawn. - heading down the trail by flashlight.

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Shelby with the favorite reading matrerial on trip.

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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)

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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!)

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