Snow Lakes in the Sky Lakes Wilderness 10-5-14

Photos by Dan and Lynn

It was a beautiful day and a wonderful hike. The drive to the TH was 1:20 and temperatures were in the 50s under sunny skys.

On the way in on the Nannie Creek trail we stopped at Puck Lakes to relax and do a photo-op. Back on the Nannie Creek trail we dropped around 300 feet (AKA uphill after lunch) before making the turn onto the Snow Lakes trail.

The Snow Lakes trail climbs 600 feet up into the Snow Lakes Basin paralleling a quite delightful babbling creek for much of the way. Unfortunately, part of the group missed a trail turn and continued on up an old unused trail for about 1/5 of a mile before we concluded that we had gone astray. The radios were useful here today to get the entire group back together.

Both the Nannie Creek trail and the Snow Lakes trail are bordered most of the way by huckleberry bushes, although they were well past fruiting today.

With the stop at Puck Lakes and our little trail misadventure it was 1 PM before we got to our lunch spot, so we probably should have started at 8 AM. We enjoyed lunch on a rock outcropping beside the largest of the Snow Lakes taking in the views. After lunch we headed back down and were back at the TH in a little less than 2 1/2 hours at a bit before 4 PM.

Because of the lateness of the hour and the lack of a refreshment spot on the return trip we headed straight home, foregoing beer and fries today.

Ashland Hiking Home

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