Duck Lakes 6-20-18

Photos by Dan, Denise, Francie and Keeley

Ten of us headed south to hike up to the Duck Lakes in the Russian Wilderness, California.  It was in the low 70’s as we started.  Although this is a challenging hike, the two lakes, located in two glacial cirques of rock, are incredible to see. 

There were a few flowers along the way and the trail was in good condition.  When we were in the shade, the hiking temperature was fine, but get into the sun and we were roasting.  Lunch was taken at Little Duck Lake (the upper one) and we stopped by Big Duck Lake on the way down.  The trail to Big Duck Lake had more uphill than the leader remembered, which was a direct violation of the by-laws, but no one seemed to care once they had seen the lake. 

There were several big puffy white clouds in the sky, which were on their way to become thunderheads, but we were well on our way home by the time the thunderstorm hit. 

Refreshments were taken at Dotty’s which has excellent fries, onion rings and milkshakes. 

Keeley Kirkendall

Track download: Duck Lakes 6-20-18.GPX

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