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TR: Skelton & Pika Lake with kids. 7/27-7/29

Postby tim » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:31 pm

Just got back from a great 3 day trip with the kids to Skelton & Pika Lake. Beautiful weather all weekend, getting a little hotter each day, but not a cloud in the sky. Almost no bugs either, apart from a few around Pika Lake at dusk on Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

With the little ones (my 7 yr old and a friend's 5 yr old) we decided to take two days to get over Duck Pass which gave us plenty of time to laze around and swim in the lakes. Definitely recommended as an introductory trip with kids. Skelton Lake was very nice, though busy with day trippers in the afternoon. By dusk it calmed down, except for the fish which were jumping everywhere.

Saturday morning we headed up over Duck Pass, and reached Pika Lake in time for a late lunch. Though not stunning, there were still quit e a few nice flowers on the damp slopes above Duck Lake. We found a great site on top of the ridge between Pika and Duck Lake with 360 degree views and nice shady trees. There were 3 other groups there, but well spread out around the lake Sunset at Pika was spectacular as always (though there was far less snow than when we were there the same weekend in 2010) and after a pleasantly warm night (for 10500ft), probably in the low to mid 40s, we walked out fairly quickly Sunday morning getting down to the trailhead in about 3 hours.

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Skelton Lake early morning

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Climbing Duck Pass

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Duck Lake and Silver Divide from Duck Pass

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Flowers at Duck Lake

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Sunset at Pika Lake

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Sunset Panorama at Pika Lake

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With my kids at Duck Pass
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Re: TR: Skelton & Pika Lake with kids. 7/27-7/29

Postby gary c. » Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:47 am

What a great trip to take the kids on. I'm sure they had a blast.
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Re: TR: Skelton & Pika Lake with kids. 7/27-7/29

Postby maverick » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:09 am

Thanks Tim for the wonderful TR and great pictures. Good ages to introduce them
the the wonders of the Sierra. Nice to see some wildflowers in the area too.
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Re: TR: Skelton & Pika Lake with kids. 7/27-7/29

Postby windknot » Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:37 pm

Nice shots and gorgeous area. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: TR: Skelton & Pika Lake with kids. 7/27-7/29

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:17 am

A great idea to take younger kids like that on an easy introduction to the wonders of the Sierra. Nice job! Great pics, too.

I recall a few years back just having hiked out of Duck Pass when at the trail head I met a high school cross country team that was running up and down the pass, some more than once in a day. Great training regimen, but it made me feel like a total wimp compared to them.
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Re: TR: Skelton & Pika Lake with kids. 7/27-7/29

Postby kpeter » Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:32 am

Thanks so much for sharing! I am headed in to Pika Lake and then on to Purple Lake starting tomorrow. It is nice to have a glimpse ahead!
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