Duck Lakes 7-17-19

Photos by Barry M. and Francie, Flower IDs by Liz

Eleven of us headed out towards the Russian Wilderness in Northern California for one of my favorite hikes.  Although I missed an important turn, we did get back on the right road and found the trail head.  It was hotter in the morning than we expected, so there was a quick wardrobe change after the first mile.  The first half of the hike had almost not flowers, but the second half made up for it.  The upper lake was spectacular, so one of our group jumped in and went for a swim.

After lunch, we headed back down and took a detour to Big Duck Lake for a short stop.  There already were 3 tents pitched in the nearby campground, but they did not mind our short stay.  After a few doused their heads with cold lake water, we headed down to the cars, but by the time we got there, it was late. So some of us headed straight home, while others stopped at Dotty’s for milk shakes and other nourishment.

Although it was a bit hot on the trail, it was a good hike and everyone seemed to enjoy the day.  We did experience a 20 minute delay coming home due to construction on I-5 coming down from the Summit.  I looks like the one lane road going north will be a problem for a long time. 

Keeley

Track download: Duck Lakes 7-17-19.gpx

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