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TR: Miter Basin - Cottonwood Lakes 08/10 - 08/12

Postby Bluewater » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:40 pm

I took a short loop trip over Cottonwood Pass into Miter Basin and out via OAP last weekend. The daily storms made for some beautiful sunsets and kept the waterfalls going.

Storms approaching on the way in via the PCT.

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storms approaching on the PCT


I climbed over the use trail from lower Soldier Lake into Miter Basin.

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miter basin sunset


Some sunset photos.

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the miter


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reflection


The countless waterfalls and grassy benches made exploring easy.

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below sky blue lake


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waterfall


I stopped at about 12,200 feet for lunch, then headed back down to Sky Blue Lake.

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sky blue lake


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after the rain


I camped at the ridge overlooking lower Soldier Lake. Some storms rolled through the last night.

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miter basin camp


Then another hail storm really kicked in as I approached upper Rock Creek on Sunday on the way out. I was reluctant to keep going until I met a few groups coming down from Langley.

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rock creek after hail storm



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Re: TR: Miter Basin - Cottonwood Lakes 08/10 - 08/12

Postby maverick » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:06 pm

Thanks for an enjoyable TR and pictures Bluewater.
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Re: TR: Miter Basin - Cottonwood Lakes 08/10 - 08/12

Postby IncredibleHuck » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:31 pm

Thanks for sharing! Hoping to get up that way soon!
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Re: TR: Miter Basin - Cottonwood Lakes 08/10 - 08/12

Postby richlong8 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:57 am

Great report and photos. Re: your first pic of the tree, I am getting ready to post a TR of my Siberian Outpost trip, you will see the same tree! Quite a view from that spot.
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Re: TR: Miter Basin - Cottonwood Lakes 08/10 - 08/12

Postby windknot » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:28 pm

Great pictures, thanks for the report!

Love that tree.
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Re: TR: Miter Basin - Cottonwood Lakes 08/10 - 08/12

Postby TahoeJeff » Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:04 pm

Excellent report! I'm heading that way after Labor Day and this pumps me up!
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Re: TR: Miter Basin - Cottonwood Lakes 08/10 - 08/12

Postby justm » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:16 pm

Thanks for the TR. Always great to see alot of pics in a TR !!
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Re: TR: Miter Basin - Cottonwood Lakes 08/10 - 08/12

Postby KathyW » Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:46 pm

Thanks for sharing - I'm headed in there this coming weekend - good to see the water still flowing nicely.
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Re: TR: Miter Basin - Cottonwood Lakes 08/10 - 08/12

Postby IncredibleHuck » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:36 pm

What were the temps like when you were there?
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Re: TR: Miter Basin - Cottonwood Lakes 08/10 - 08/12

Postby IncredibleHuck » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:37 pm

KathyW wrote:Thanks for sharing - I'm headed in there this coming weekend - good to see the water still flowing nicely.



Thinking about going up the following weekend. Hope it's a great trip for you.
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TR: Miter Basin - Cottonwood Lakes 08/10 - 08/12

Postby Bluewater » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:25 am

The temps were moderate, low 40's to high 60's mainly due to the daily (& nightly) storms. I was comfortable with a 40 degree quilt inside a 1 man tent.

Sorry for the slow response. I've been out of town on a N lake/S lake trip. :)
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Re: TR: Miter Basin - Cottonwood Lakes 08/10 - 08/12

Postby sparky » Sat Aug 25, 2012 6:25 pm

I really enjoyed the pictures! thank you, and that is a fun hike.
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