Blue Lake Basin 10-15-14

Photos by Dan and Jim

The drive to the TH was 1:30 including waiting for a herd of elk to cross the road in front of us on FS 3659.  We saw three or four large bulls herding their harem of 30+ cows along.

Temperatures rose from the high 30s into the low 40s during the day, melting much of the inch or so of snow that we encountered upon arrival.

On the way in we missed the turn off of the PCT towards Island Lake, but with a little bushwhacking we found the lake and eventually our way back to the trail. Because of the snow and getting lost, it was a bit slower going today so that we didn't reach Horseshoe Lake until around 12:30. Part of the group decided to lunch there and declare victory while the other part of the group continued on for another mile to Blue Lake for lunch.

On the way back we took the side trail into Pear Lake which is no longer visible from the main trail due to the heavy tree growth. Once back on the main trail we had no trouble finding our way back to the TH. No rain or snow during the hike although there was melting snow coming off of the trees at times and we may have had a bit of hail in the afternoon for a few minutes.

We stopped at the marina at Lake of the Woods at 4:02 PM only to learn that they close at 4:00.  However, they took pity on us and restarted the fryer and provided us with beverages.

Ashland Hiking Home

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