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Sawtooth 7-16 to 7-30 Pictorial

Postby oldranger » Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:51 am

This trip was not about covering lots of ground but maximizing fishing time. None of this too tired to fish bs. Hiking days were short and fishing days long. Mid way we began to wonder if we could be satiated with fishing but every morning was greeted with enthusiasm for the fishing adventure to come. Markskor and I were packed in 14 miles on horseback then began to fish our way past 25 lakes in about 30 miles of backpacking and day hiking over the next 2 weeks. There was no smoke but occasional rain, with one day of rain, snow, hail that kept us tent bound. Wildflowers were outstanding as was the fishing. 15 inch cutthroats and rainbows became "oh hum" with only 17 to 18"+ becoming a notable fish. The following post is a pictorial with brief comments which will have to do instead of full TR for now.
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Toxaway lake 1/2 way to our first days destination
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Colorful 16" Cutt, first night
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Vernon Lake
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Markskor, Ardeth Lake
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White Flowers near Vernon Lake Campsite
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Tiny Purple Flowers
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18" Rainbow
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10 Lakes Basin, Upper Reaches of S. Fork Payette River
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paintbrush and penstemon, at last flowers we could recognize!
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Ingeborg Lake
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Approaching Low Pass
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Fat 17" Cutt


to be continued

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Re: Sawtooth 7-16 to 7-30 Pictorial

Postby rlown » Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:53 am

I'm looking forward to the raft pics.. Nice report so far..
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Re: Sawtooth 7-16 to 7-30 Pictorial continued

Postby oldranger » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:28 am

Russ-no raft pics but a painting may be forthcoming from Mark.

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Sunset from under our cooking tarp. 11/2 lb 10x12 tarp made the rain we experienced much more tolerable than would have otherwise been possible.
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Outside the tarp the sunset was even more spectacular
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Flytrip Basin, our next destination
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Wary black bear. Watched him for several minutes before he noticed us. By the way no one hangs food in the Sawtooths! We did but to keep away from the little critters.
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Another 18" Rainbow, dinner for 2!
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Evening view from Flytrip Campsite, no flies but just enough skeeters to be annoying
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Heart Lake
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Talus slog next to last moving day
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On the divide between the Boise and Salmon River drainages. Looking down Alpine Creek
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View from our last campsite


Given my internet research we expected to catch cutthroats, rainbows, cutbows, brookies, goldens and greyling. the only fish we did not actually catch was a golden. By the time we caught grayling the battery in my camera died and my extras missed getting loaded in my pack so here is a pic off the internet. All the ones we caught were 10 inches or less.
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tthu, thhu, thats all Folks!

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Re: Sawtooth 7-16 to 7-30 Pictorial

Postby rlown » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:33 am

1 battery? no second camera? two of you there.. umm. I love Mark's art but, c'mon.

Still a nice report and a year ahead of the usual report out. Thanks! :)
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Re: Sawtooth 7-16 to 7-30 Pictorial

Postby maverick » Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:17 pm

Wow, surprised you got this up so quickly Mike, than you, beautiful. Really enjoyed the black bear and fish shots.
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Re: Sawtooth 7-16 to 7-30 Pictorial

Postby TehipiteTom » Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:27 am

Looks like a great trip--thanks for the report & photos!

I think the mystery blue flower is Veronica cusickii (Cusick's Speedwell).
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Re: Sawtooth 7-16 to 7-30 Pictorial

Postby freestone » Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:34 pm

....and no pictures of your new tent? Beautiful fish though! Thanks for posting.
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Re: Sawtooth 7-16 to 7-30 Pictorial

Postby Eiprahs » Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:50 pm

Glad to hear you caught some good ones and had a great trip.

I like your choice of camp sites, too.

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Re: Sawtooth 7-16 to 7-30 Pictorial

Postby oldranger » Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:11 pm

Freestone,

here is the tent. In background is the easy side of the talus slog. The pic is taken from the same place that Eprah's pic was taken but in the opposite direction.

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Looking up toward pass between Alpine Creek and Flytrip Basin

Dave thanks for the info you provided. We found the point of departure for the cross country portion of the hike to Flytrip from your description but mark and I had to laugh at your gps coordinates since neither of us carry a gps. Also you neglected to note that the departure point was at the second ford of the creek below the lakes but we figured that out pretty easily. Which lake is "P" lake, by the way?

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Re: Sawtooth 7-16 to 7-30 Pictorial

Postby Eiprahs » Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:19 pm

Mike. The true identity of P Lake is kinda a mystery to me. The references to it that I've seen are all unofficial user/trip report type documents. That said, the consensus of these is that P Lake drains into Heart Lake, so P Lake would be Lake 8646 and Heart Lake would be Lake 8562 on the following map:

http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.p ... &z=16&t=t4

Ironically, two close by lakes have shapes that look like a letter "P", Lake 8546 and the lake immediately to its north, but I've never seen anything suggesting either is named P Lake.

The Margaret Fuller mentions both Heart Lake and P lake in her Flytrip Basin trail description, but does not identify them on her map. The minimalist directions she gives to XC to them suggest they are Lakes 8562 and 8646. The larger lake that looks like a "P", lake 8546 on the map, and the lakes due south of it, reportedly contain fish. In the report with the most detailed info on these lakes, the party camped at the southern-most lake.

I hoped to see all these other lakes on our next trip, but right now neither Susan nor Chris want to return to Flytrip Basin. I may be checking out the White Clouds.

Photo of P Lake from its outlet:

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To change topics, did you and Mark fish Camp, Heart, and P Lakes, and if you did what did you catch?
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Re: Sawtooth 7-16 to 7-30 Pictorial

Postby oldranger » Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:44 am

Dave

Just heart and P. "Dinner for 2" from H. P was disappointing smaller 13-14" fish. Lower of the s. most chain in the basin was pretty good to 15" Biggest fish were in the lakes I asked you about near "I."

Next year White Clouds!

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Re: Sawtooth 7-16 to 7-30 Pictorial

Postby Eiprahs » Sat Aug 08, 2015 6:04 pm

The White Clouds look awesome. Quite a few fishing oriented trip reports. Larger fish seem to be in the off trail areas with Quiet Lake and Scree Lake being noted for bigger fish. Big Boulder Lakes are easier to access and fish reported to be small. Here's some background info:

http://www.oregonhikers.org/forum/viewt ... f=8&t=9269

http://www.oregonhikers.org/forum/viewt ... =8&t=17063

http://idahoalpinezone.com/index.php?p=2_30

http://backpackingtechnology.com/backpa ... peak-loop/

http://www.uplandidaho.com/Fishing/Jour ... clouds.pdf

Off trail loop we are considering: http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.p ... ||line=off

I talked Chris into this loop yesterday, which I thought meant we were agreed on a destination, but Susan, this morning, backed out. Herding cats, herding cats!!

If I make the White Clouds, I will fill you in. OTW, may be exploring some place in the Sawtooths with Chris, who hates fish.

Were you planning to horse pack in??

The White Clouds from above Farley Lake, Sawtooths.

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