Varney Creek Trail to Harriette Lake 10-8-21

Photos by Bob and Randy

On Friday, October 8th., three veteran hikers scouted the Varney Creek Trail to Harriet Lake. Harriet is part of the Mountain Lakes below Aspen Butte.

We started out at 8:00 AM and arrived at the TH at 9:30. The Aspen trees along Highway 140 were in full Fall glory as we made a right onto Varney Creek Road past milepost 47. After 4+ miles in on the newly graded road we came to the parking area and the TH.

The trail is a steady gradual climb through forests and passes two other lakes before reaching Harriette.

On this day temps were in the 30s as we started out so we put on all the layers we carried with us (including rain gear, but it never rained). Eventually the sun broke through the clouds and we had a sunny lunch looking down on Harriet.

It stayed sunny on the downhill walk back with temps reaching 50o.

Along the way, we met two lady backpackers coming from Harriet. They may have been sisters, one from Klamath Falls and one from Missouri. We told them about the AHG website as they were interested in doing more hiking in the area.

This hike is a nice hike to do in October before winter snow and after summer mosquitos. It's about 12.2 miles round trip (32K+ steps) with about a 1,300' gain from 5,400' at the TH to 6,700' at Harriet Lake.

Thanks to Bob Hutton for putting this scout together.

Rich, Randy, & Bob
your AHG scout team

Ashland Hiking Home

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