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Harrison Lake Trail #217

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Jul 18, 2011…Harrison Lake…Tr #217 …hike # 411      

The plan for today was to head over to Lunch Peak and hike to Mt Pend Oreille but since the forecast was for lots of HOT, with temps reaching 90° and this is a very hot ridge trail, we passed on this choice. We’ve been there too many times in scorching heat. So not being able to come up with an alternate cooler hike, we headed back up to Harrison Lake. At least there is water and shade. Today was our first ‘shorts’ hike and we filled our Camelbak water bags to the top. This time we were able to drive right to the trailhead. Not too much of a surprise that there were four rigs there and another came in as were started hiking. I guess summer is here. We met a guy and his dog coming down. There was much less snow at the beginning but soon ran into lots…and the run offs were easier to cross this time.

We got to the lake and there was a couple sitting on “our” rock. This is where we usually eat lunch and take pics. Not showing any signs of leaving any time soon, we walked around the lake to climb up to the ridge. The lake was totally free of ice and snow but lots of snow lingers around the shore. The turquoise-y color was gone. There was an orange tent and camp set up at the end of the lake but no one was around. We hoped it would be someone attempting to climb the peak. But after reaching the first good look at the peak and looking thru the binocs, we saw no one. This seemed like a good spot to take off the packs, take a break and eat lunch.

Onward and up toward the ridge we ran into a lot of snow making walking difficult. The snow was soft and we both stepped down and into tree wells several times. It took almost 30 minutes from our lunch spot to reach the ridge. We took the packs off and walked up a bit further. This is always a nice ridge hike and we have done it several times. It was quite steep looking down over the other side…but Jim needed to walk down just a bit for a photo op. One false step and he would have been gone had he gone further. And I left my dead battery cell phone home…forgot to charge it last night. It would have been close to useless any way as often I check on our hikes, there is no service where we are. And the SPOT and the bear spray were with Jim. Alas, he survived! The breeze was quite chilly up there…what a contrast for the heat we just hiked thru.

Headed back down to the lake and then to the trail leading back to the trailhead. The knees were not happy today. Good hike.

Left home                    8:40

Started up                   10:00

Got to lake                   11:55  (1 hour, 55 minutes)

Headed to ridge           12:20

Left ridge                    1:00

Got to truck                 4:30       

Total miles hiked          9-10 miles       

Total hiking time           6 hours, 30 minutes



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Betsy Fulling Betsy Fulling In 2002, after a bout with cancer and wanting her energy back, Betsy Fulling began hiking with her husband Jim. Regardless of the weather they go into the high country every week - in eight years, she has only missed five times.

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