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.
enlarge 184KB, 607x800 1 Heading up trail below Three Fools Pass (2nd Day)
enlarge 105KB, 800x607 2 Taking a break at Three Fools Pass - Roger, Shelby, Austin, and Adam (in shadow).
enlarge 130KB, 800x599 3 Card Break heading up the Diamond Jack Trail. Note Mosquito mask on Joel (at left)
enlarge 148KB, 606x800 4 Diamond Jack Pass & Diamond Point Beyond - Shelby taking a well earned rest. ( We traversed this pass on the CarzyMan I hike in 1996)
enlarge 73KB, 800x599 5 Looking west down Diamond Creek from ridge above Diamond Jack Pass.
enlarge 123KB, 800x601 6 Looking southeast into basin containing Fox Lakes.
enlarge 66KB, 800x600 7 Lower Fox Lake at Dusk.
enlarge 116KB, 800x601 8 Campfire gathering after supper (We stayed here in 1996): Austin, Danny, Greg and Roger playing cards. Adam, Shelby, Joel around fire
enlarge 109KB, 800x599 9 Group Picture before leaving Lower Fox Lake. Roger, Shelby, Adam, Joel, Greg, Danny, and Austin.
enlarge 112KB, 800x601 10 Another Group Shot except that Bill is replacing Greg.
enlarge 89KB, 800x601 11 Morning shot of Fox Lake:
enlarge 107KB, 800x599 12 Greg and Adam
enlarge 121KB, 800x597 13 Close up of Greg & Adam.
enlarge 144KB, 800x599 14 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.
enlarge 130KB, 599x800 15 Waiting for Greg to recover from his fall. When he rejoined the goup someone noticed the piece of wood sticking out of his leg.
enlarge 149KB, 800x599 16 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.
enlarge 146KB, 800x599 17 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.
enlarge 110KB, 603x800 18 Greg climbing up the trail below Ashnola Pass and Fawn Lake.
enlarge 125KB, 603x800 19 Bill takes a breather during the steep climb to Ashnola Pass.
enlarge 146KB, 597x800 20 The trail to Ashnola pass is mostly in the woods with a few open spots like this.
enlarge 122KB, 800x593 21 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.
enlarge 134KB, 589x800 22 Joel and Roger at Fawn Lake.
enlarge 130KB, 800x599 23 Close up of Joel and Roger.
enlarge 185KB, 595x800 24 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.
enlarge 130KB, 800x590 25 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.
enlarge 137KB, 800x590 26 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.
enlarge 136KB, 800x590 27 Andrew's initials (ARM 96) inside the shelter. "Hummm you ever consider that carving your initials in..." View Comments...
enlarge 141KB, 590x800 28 Shelby crossing the Ashnola River just west of the shelter. This bridge is very bouncy!
enlarge 103KB, 800x660 29 Bill & Greg - This was at a bridge over a creek about a mile from the Ashnola.
enlarge 131KB, 612x800 30 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.
enlarge 125KB, 800x607 31 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.
enlarge 126KB, 800x605 32 Heading out.
enlarge 106KB, 800x603 33 Sheep Mountain peeking out from behind the ridge above the trail. Our goal was Sheep Lake just over the ridge.
enlarge 109KB, 605x800 34 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.
enlarge 130KB, 605x800 35 Danny picking his way down- This route is not for the faint of heart as it descends the gully onto the talus slope below
enlarge 121KB, 603x800 36 Shelby- We went down one at a time as rocks would be dislodged and roll down the hill as you descended.
enlarge 138KB, 606x800 37 Joel - I'm sure he's thinking "Who talked me into this?"
enlarge 95KB, 800x605 38 Roger with his sore knees on his way down as Greg waits at the top.
enlarge 101KB, 800x603 39 Close up of Roger
enlarge 93KB, 600x800 40 Finally, Greg brings up the rear.
enlarge 134KB, 593x800 41 View from the bottom - you can see the snowfield up there on the ridge.
enlarge 131KB, 591x800 42 Sheep Lake lies in a cirque on the eastern side of Sheep Mountain.
enlarge 100KB, 800x593 43 Looking east to the outlet of the lake. - the fishing was good for small brook trout.
enlarge 112KB, 593x800 44 If you look closely, you can see Greg fishing near the end of the snow bank.
enlarge 116KB, 800x586 45 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.
enlarge 122KB, 600x800 46 Adam & Greg- We followed an old sheepherders trail out of Sheep lake (beyond the trees) as it wound around Sheep Mountain.
enlarge 95KB, 800x586 47 We found this well preserved cabin which had newspaper (1960's era) chinking between the logs.
enlarge 73KB, 800x602 48 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)
enlarge 122KB, 800x586 49 Its a broad but steep ramp up Sheep Mountain -We just traversed across the meadows heading north.
enlarge 101KB, 800x579 50 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.
enlarge 92KB, 800x586 51 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.
enlarge 108KB, 800x580 52 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.
enlarge 126KB, 586x800 53 Danny - Ramon Lakes Basin After a steep descent through the woods, we find the trail again as it goes to the Ramon Lakes.
enlarge 122KB, 800x579 54 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.
enlarge 88KB, 800x603 55 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.
enlarge 76KB, 800x579 56 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.
enlarge 137KB, 579x800 57 Danny climbing to a high point on the Larch Pass Trail - That's Sheep Mountain beyond.
enlarge 117KB, 800x593 58 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.
enlarge 108KB, 800x583 59 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.
enlarge 104KB, 800x588 60 Greg and Adam - heading down the trail.
enlarge 110KB, 580x800 61 Roger - Near our camp at Timber Wolf Creek.
enlarge 103KB, 599x800 62 Close up of Roger.
enlarge 105KB, 800x579 63 The guys head into the trees to our camp just beyond.
enlarge 123KB, 800x600 64 Joel sacks out.
enlarge 108KB, 580x800 65 At twilight - The card players are at it again while Shelby meditates at the campfire.
enlarge 137KB, 800x601 66 Close up of group - Danny (beyond). Adam, Roger, Austin, and Greg playing cards. Shelby at right.
enlarge 112KB, 800x598 67 Ritual burning of the tee shirt. - Austin, Shelby, & Joel.
enlarge 112KB, 800x576 68 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!
enlarge 114KB, 600x800 69 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.
enlarge 90KB, 800x597 70 Roger and Danny make it to the pass - Sheep Mountain to the north and it's extensive meadows.
enlarge 86KB, 800x599 71 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.
enlarge 101KB, 800x604 72 Looking southwest down McCall Gulch.
enlarge 122KB, 800x593 73 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.
enlarge 119KB, 800x604 74 Danny heads down the trail. This is at about the point that the Whistler's Notch trail takes off.
enlarge 120KB, 593x800 75 The trail below Larch Pass - Austin and Danny have just passed me.
enlarge 141KB, 605x800 76 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.