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6/23-25/10 TR: Solo BP to Ranger Lakes

Postby windknot » Sun Jun 27, 2010 2:15 pm

The ranger issuing my permit at the Grant Grove Visitor Center on Wednesday morning warned me that trail conditions were really tough in the area and hikers had been turning back, but I had been planning (and pushing back) this trip for months, so I decided to proceed anyway and simply bail if it got too bad. I arrived at the trailhead, filled out the first slot in the register, and headed out. The first few miles to Rowell Meadow were clear, but once I got up above the meadow toward the Belle Canyon entrance I began encountering large drifts of snow. It took some time to stop at frequent intervals and hunt around for where the trail picked up again, but eventually I made the ridge.

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Although the trail was wet and there were still intermittent patches of snow to contend with, I had relatively smooth sailing once I entered Belle Canyon until I arrived at the Ranger Lakes in the late afternoon. I fished a bit, then made camp and enjoyed the evening alpenglow on Silliman.

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As I fished the following morning, I spotted a bear ambling around the northwest corner of the lake and disappearing out of view in the vicinity of my camp. I took this as a sign (along with the slow action) that I needed a change of scenery, so I leisurely packed up and hiked over to Lost Lake. For calibration purposes, here’s a view of the snowline across Crowley Canyon.

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Arriving at Lost, I sprawled out on a warm rock to eat lunch and sample the abundant brookies in this gorgeous lake.

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After setting up camp, I made the quick climb up to check out the beautiful Upper Sheep Camp Lake and found it still partly frozen.

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No dice in about an hour of tossing flies, so I returned to my camp, had dinner, and spent the rest of the night reading and assuring myself that the footsteps I heard outside my tent were deer. On Friday morning, I packed up and headed back to Upper Sheep Camp to catch a couple of chunky brookies before picking my way down to Lower Sheep Camp.

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From there I headed over to Seville where I caught a ton of brookies to 11" on flies and lures, chatted with the family camped there who expressed their gratitude for the tracks in the snow I had left for them to follow the day before, and then stuffed a few fish in a bag to take to the folks back home before I followed the ducks along the old use trail from Seville up to the pass and pounded back to the trailhead. All in all, it was a great first solo trip! Virtually no mosquitoes, great weather, my first backcountry bear sighting, and a few fish to boot.

Thanks for reading!
Matt

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Last edited by windknot on Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:36 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: 6/23-25/10 TR: Solo BP to Ranger Lakes

Postby Cross Country » Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:19 pm

It was a pleasure reading about your trip. I envy you. You have the kind of persistence that dominated most of my life.
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Re: 6/23-25/10 TR: Solo BP to Ranger Lakes

Postby oldranger » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:08 pm

Matt,

Thanks for the photos, as I said in my pm it looks like snowmelt is a week or so ahead of the big snow year of 1983 and a little bit more snow than the same time of the year my last trip in the area in 1997.

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Re: 6/23-25/10 TR: Solo BP to Ranger Lakes

Postby Shawn » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:20 pm

Thanks for posting the TR. Really great photos, one day I'll have to get over there to take in the views of that side of Silliman.
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Re: 6/23-25/10 TR: Solo BP to Ranger Lakes

Postby rightstar76 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:23 am

I was wondering about Seville Lake. The snow doesn't look as bad as I thought. It should be gone in a few weeks. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!
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Re: 6/23-25/10 TR: Solo BP to Ranger Lakes

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 29, 2010 1:18 pm

It is good to see someone visiting Lost and Sheep Camp Lakes!
I have praised the beauty of these lakes, and recommended Lost Lake several
times in the past years to no avail.
Lost Lake is one of the prettiest lakes with a trail to it in SEKI.
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Re: 6/23-25/10 TR: Solo BP to Ranger Lakes

Postby windknot » Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:28 pm

Thanks for the comments, guys. Maverick, I made sure to camp at Lost partly on your recommendation that it was "one of the prettiest lakes with a trail to it in SEKI," and I'd definitely agree with your assessment.

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