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TR: 1000 Island, Garnet, Iceberg Lakes 7/7-7/10

Postby gbrown09 » Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:37 pm

My fist trail report for my first multi-night backpacking trip. Here goes...

Started from the Agnew Meadows trailhead on Sunday afternoon and took the High Trail (PCT) to 1000 Island Lake. I walked about a half mile along the lake to get away from the crowds and found a nice campsite. It was quite windy so I didn't bother trying to fish. I took a few pictures of the sunset but it was nothing spectacular. I woke up early to take pictures of the sunrise. It was still really windy so the reflections weren't great but it was still beautiful. The wind also seemed to keep the mosquitoes away and I hardly saw any at all.
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After a short nap I packed up and headed to Garnet Lake. After setting up camp I jumped in the water to rinse off and then did some fishing. I was able to wade out to a small rocky island where the fishing was great even though the wind made it difficult. I caught several good size brookies and rainbows on every dry fly I threw in the water (hopper, parachute adams, royal wulff, stimulator). This was the biggest rainbow, it put up quite a fight and it took me several minutes to land it (I was using 5x tippet).
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The water was so clear that I could see the fish coming up to hit the fly, and several times I pulled the fly out of the fish's mouth trying to set the hook before it even bit. I also broke off an even bigger looking fish by setting the hook too hard when it hit. Rookie mistakes ](*,)

The wind died that evening and the mosquitoes came out in force, but I had on long sleeves and a head net and that kept them at bay. The next morning was calm and clear, and the mosquitoes were still gnarly. The sunrise was nice though.
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After another nap I packed up and moved on to Ediza Lake. When I got there I decided to change plans and head up to Iceberg Lake. I had wanted to shoot the sunrise at Iceberg anyway, and I didn't feel like walking all the way around Ediza to get to where I assumed the legal campsites were. The hike to Iceberg was short but steep. I saw a pair of 4 point bucks on the way which were the only deer I saw the whole trip, despite seeing a ton of deer footprints on the trail. There were only a handful of campsites at Iceberg but I was the only one there so I had my pick. The wind picked up again and there weren't many mosquitoes. I tried some fishing with no luck. I didn't see any fish cruising or surfacing any time that evening or the next morning. Does anyone know if Iceberg is fishless? It wasn't listed in the fishless lakes thread.

The next morning was another clear one but the sunrise was nice. It was an amazing place to be.
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After taking sunrise pictures I ate breakfast then packed up and started heading back to Agnew Meadows. I stopped in a couple places along the trail to fish the stream coming from Ediza Lake. I caught a couple small brookies but paid the price with a ton of mosquito bites. While unhooking one I looked down to see a mosquito on each of my shoulders, biting through my longsleeve baselayer. I decided that was enough so from there I packed up my pole and hiked the rest of the way down.

Aside from the blisters on my feet and the mosquito bites it was a great trip. Caught some fish, got some photos, and got to experience some beautiful places. Doesn't get much better than that!



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Re: TR: 1000 Island, Garnet, Iceberg Lakes 7/7-7/10

Postby maiathebee » Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:56 pm

Wow, gorgeous photos! Super nice with the wildflowers and the glow. :thumbsup:

I'm heading up to exactly that area in two weeks and was looking for reports of the snow pack on the use trail from Iceberg to Cecile. I can sorta see the area in your last photo, but I was wondering if you have another shot of the talus field on the left (east) side of Iceberg?
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Re: TR: 1000 Island, Garnet, Iceberg Lakes 7/7-7/10

Postby gbrown09 » Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:57 pm

Thanks maiathebee! Here is another photo that might show the area a little better. I was originally planning on hiking up to Cecil, but once I saw the route I immediately changed my mind. There were some tracks through the first small snow patches, but after that I couldn't tell where the trail went. It seemed like you just had to climb up that slope, but even though there was not much snow it looked like a pretty sketchy climb. It was steep! Maybe someone who has climbed it can chime in.

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Re: TR: 1000 Island, Garnet, Iceberg Lakes 7/7-7/10

Postby maiathebee » Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:12 pm

Excellent! Yeah, I've seen trip reports about the route and I think the part that looks really steep when viewed from the north side of the lake is not as horrible as it looks; mainly a steep scramble, which is definitely doable for me and my partner. The thing that would make it a no-go for us is if the talus field was covered in snow, because I am not interested in a steep slip-n-slide that leads directly into the lake with a full pack on. [-(
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Re: TR: 1000 Island, Garnet, Iceberg Lakes 7/7-7/10

Postby rileySB » Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:56 pm

Amazing photos! The colors just jump right out and grab you. Looks like you had a great time, even with the mosquitos. Thanks for sharing your TR!
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Re: TR: 1000 Island, Garnet, Iceberg Lakes 7/7-7/10

Postby larroyo33 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:21 am

Great photos. Love the shots with the flowers in the foreground!
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Re: TR: 1000 Island, Garnet, Iceberg Lakes 7/7-7/10

Postby kpeter » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:29 am

Very nice with the wildflowers at sunrise. Did you use some flash for the foreground? In any case, pure eye-candy.

The route to Cecile across the scree is straightforward and not unusually dangerous so long as the snow is gone. There is a use trail that dissipates in the scree fields and people just scramble. As I recall, it does get steeper near the top, but there are some more solid patches to scramble up at that point. It has been 20 years for me, though, since I went up.
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Re: TR: 1000 Island, Garnet, Iceberg Lakes 7/7-7/10

Postby copeg » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:07 am

Thanks for the trip report! Loving those sunrise photos
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Re: TR: 1000 Island, Garnet, Iceberg Lakes 7/7-7/10

Postby schmalz » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:19 am

Great photos. I really like the last one of Iceberg!
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Re: TR: 1000 Island, Garnet, Iceberg Lakes 7/7-7/10

Postby FeetFirst » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:25 am

Awesome photos - thanks for sharing. :nod: I'll be spending a couple of days out there at the end of August and I appreciate the stoke!
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Re: TR: 1000 Island, Garnet, Iceberg Lakes 7/7-7/10

Postby KathyW » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:36 am

Yes, very beautiful photos - thanks for posting them.
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Re: TR: 1000 Island, Garnet, Iceberg Lakes 7/7-7/10

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:27 pm

Hi GBrown09,

Welcome to HST! Great intro TR, really enjoyed the sunrise Banner & wildflower
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