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Pasayten 2001
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Paseyton Wilderness - Washington
July 2001

Day 1: Billy Goat Corral to Two Bit Creek
Day 2: Two Bit Cr to Fox Lakes
Day 3: Fox Lakes to Ashnola Shelter
Day 4: Ashnola Shelter to Sheep Lake
Day 5: Sheep Lake via Ramon Lakes to Wolf Creek
Day 6: Wolf Creek to Drake Creek
Day 7: Drake Creek via Billy Goat pass to trailhead

Group Photo at Fox Lake

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

Date(s): July  2-7, 2001. Album by Cascade Bill. Photos by Bill M.. 1 - 76 of 76 Total. 1109 Visits.
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Heading up trail below Three Fools Pass (2nd Day)

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Taking a break at Three Fools Pass - Roger, Shelby, Austin, and Adam (in shadow).

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Card Break heading up the Diamond Jack Trail.  Note Mosquito mask on Joel (at left)

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Diamond Jack Pass & Diamond Point Beyond - Shelby taking a well earned rest.
( We traversed this pass on the CarzyMan I hike in 1996)

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Looking west down Diamond Creek from ridge above Diamond Jack Pass.

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Looking southeast into basin containing Fox Lakes.

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Lower Fox Lake at Dusk.

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Campfire gathering after supper (We stayed here in 1996):
Austin, Danny, Greg and Roger playing cards.  Adam, Shelby, Joel around fire

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Group Picture before leaving Lower Fox Lake.
Roger, Shelby, Adam, Joel, Greg, Danny, and Austin.

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Another Group Shot except that Bill is replacing Greg.

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Morning shot of Fox Lake:

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Greg and Adam

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Close up of Greg & Adam.

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In order to avoid retracing our route back to Diamond Jack Pass, we bushwacked down "Hell Hill" .
Greg took a spectacular fall which wrecked his pack and left him with a piece of wood protruding from his leg.

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Waiting for Greg to recover from his fall.  
When he rejoined the goup someone noticed the piece of wood sticking out of his leg.

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The Diamond Jack Trail is in the trees ahead, but we missed it by going around the end of a big switchback.
We did a bit of extra climbing until we met the trail as it zigzaged back further up the hill.

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Taking a break in Lake Creek. We camped  near here in 1996 in a wide spot in the trail at what became known as
"A good half hour" Camp, referring to the time that Bill predicted it would take for the 4.5 hour trek to the camp.

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Greg climbing up the trail below Ashnola Pass and Fawn Lake.

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Bill takes a breather during the steep climb to Ashnola Pass.

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The trail to Ashnola pass is mostly in the woods with a few open spots like this.

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Beautiful Fawn Lake lies just below Ashnola Pass.
You can see the ripples of the rising fish but the bugs were biting more than the fish so we cut our stay short.

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Joel and Roger at Fawn Lake.

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Close up of Joel and Roger.

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Roger heading down the trail.  Its a long long way from Fawn Lake to the Ashnola Shelter,
and we were lucky to have the long days of early July for this day's hike.

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After a 12.5 mile day, Shelby, Austin, and Roger prepare dinner at the Ashnola Shelter.
Greg and Adam are sacked out on the bunks in the shelter.

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This was the fourth time I had stayed at the shelter - '81, '84, '96, & '01.  
It feels like a place Daniel Boone might have stayed at far far from anywhere.

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Andrew's initials (ARM 96) inside the shelter.
"Hummm you ever consider that carving your initials in..."
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Shelby crossing the Ashnola River just west of the shelter.
This bridge is very bouncy!

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Bill & Greg -
This was at a bridge over a creek about a mile from the Ashnola.

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After what seems like endless switchbacks and traverses through the forest the trail breaks out into the vast meadows below Peeve Pass. As the trail climbs the views keep getting better and better.

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Taking a break
A commercial packer operates a big "Tent city" a stones throw from here, bringing in wealthy Eastern tourists for a "Wilderness Experience"  It's a long, long ride and I'm sure there are a lot of sore butts in camp.

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Heading out.

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Sheep Mountain peeking out from behind the ridge above the trail. Our goal was Sheep Lake just over the ridge.

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Danny begins his descent - Although there is a "trail" shown on the map, it is an imaginary one.
We chose to cross the ridge skirting this snowfield for a steep descent to Sheep Lake.

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Danny picking his way down-
This route is not for the faint of heart as it descends the gully onto the talus slope below

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We went down one at a time as rocks would be dislodged and roll down the hill as you descended.

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Joel - I'm sure he's thinking "Who talked me into this?"

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Roger with his sore knees on his way down as Greg waits at the top.

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Close up of Roger

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Finally, Greg brings up the rear.

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View from the bottom - you can see the snowfield up there on the ridge.

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Sheep Lake lies in a cirque on the eastern side of Sheep Mountain.

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Looking east to the outlet of the lake. - the fishing was good for small brook trout.

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If you look closely, you can see Greg fishing near the end of the snow bank.

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Camp at Sheep Lake - It was cold after the sun went down.
(Shelby meditating at fire. Greg, Danny, Roger, and Adam playing cards with Austin kibbitzing.

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Adam & Greg-
We followed an old sheepherders trail out of Sheep lake (beyond the trees) as it wound around Sheep Mountain.

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We found this well preserved cabin which had newspaper (1960's era) chinking between the logs.

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The trail soon disappears after the cabin in this vast meadow below Sheep Mountain -
Looking back you can see our route near the low point on the ridge beyond (see the Africa shaped snowfield)

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Its a broad but steep ramp up Sheep Mountain -We just traversed across the meadows heading north.

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Taking a break -
We could see the Canadian/US border - a swath cut in the trees beyond - Quite a sight, an imaginary line on a map made real. (Roger, Austin, Joel, Shelby, and Danny.

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Looking East  - Cathedral Peak (left) and the broad flat summit of Bald mountain opposite & Remmel (right) . -
The Boundary trail passes by Cathedral Peak and climbs up over Bald Mountain, drops down to the Ashnola and climbs westward over Peeve Pass on to the Cascade Crest trail far to the west.

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After traversing a while, steep slopes force us to find a way down to the Ramon Lakes Basin-
Danny and Roger search out a possible route.

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Danny - Ramon Lakes Basin
After a  steep descent through the woods, we find the trail again as it goes to the Ramon Lakes.

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Greg and Danny - The larger Ramon Lake is just beyond the trees.
We had a long lunch here and tried our luck in the lake (fair to good) for small trout. We wished we could stay a night but we had to keep going.

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Heading out of the Ramon Lakes Basin - The trail heads north and then goes around the end of the ridge
withing spitting distance of the Canadian border before heading south to the Boundary Trail.

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On the Ramon Lakes trail near the junction with the Boundary Trail - That's Quartz Mtn  beyond.
We camped at Quartz Lake in 1996 but not this trip.  There is also a nice camp in the meadows below.

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Danny climbing to a high point on the Larch Pass Trail - That's Sheep Mountain beyond.

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Greg makes his way up to the high point -
The boys dropped their packs and climbed another 300' up to the ridge to the west.

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Looking south from the high point -
we had hoped to get to Crow Lake (in the cirque over the ridge to the left) but we only made it to Timber Wolf creek
(in the trees to the left of center).  Corral Lake lies over the ridge in a cirque below the mountain at the center.

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Greg and Adam - heading down the trail.

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Roger - Near our camp at Timber Wolf Creek.

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Close up of Roger.

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The guys head into the trees to our camp just beyond.

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Joel sacks out.

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At twilight - The card players are at it again while Shelby meditates at the campfire.

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Close up of group - Danny (beyond). Adam, Roger, Austin, and Greg playing cards. Shelby at right.

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Ritual burning of the tee shirt. - Austin, Shelby, & Joel.

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No More Cougar Wannabe - Austin, Shelby, and Joel. Roger to left.
At midnight we were wakened by a bunch of horses going down the trail in the dark -
the next morning a couple of cowboys asked us if we'd seen any horses - I think they're still running!

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The next morning as we climbed up to Corral Lake Pass, I took a side trip over to the ridge to peer down at small Crow Lake below.- You can see Cathedral Peak beyond Bald Mtn beyond.

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Roger and Danny make it to the pass - Sheep Mountain to the north and it's extensive meadows.

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Danny & a token of our passing - Shelby tries his inner tube in the snow.-
The bought the tubes for a buck in Winthrop and they got their money's worth.

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Looking southwest down McCall Gulch.

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Descending toward McCall Gulch (look for Shelby's inner tube).  That's Two Point mountain beyond.  We climbed up McCall Gulch from the Hidden Lakes in 1998.

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Danny heads down the trail.  This is at about the point that the Whistler's Notch trail takes off.

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The trail below Larch Pass - Austin and Danny have just passed me.

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Joel leads the goup as the trail nears the end of Larch creek Valley,  Beyond this point  the trail turns to the east to cross Diamond Creek.  This narrow rocky portion of the trail is no place to meet a horse party.

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