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Two Mouth Lakes Trail #268

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Hike #425

snow showers   partly cloudy       31 °        

Oct 24, 2011…Two Mouth Lakes …Tr #268 …hike # 425        

The weather looked iffy but we decided to forge ahead up into the mountains…it won’t be long before we can’t get up to those trailheads any longer due to deep snow. It has been two years since we have been to Two Mouth Lakes…it was in early October and we ran into 17” of snow up there. Today snow was predicted for the high elevations…and we were hoping to get into it.

As we drove there was quite a bit of snow on the road…the colors were gorgeous with the glowing yellows birches and aspens. Spotted about six mule deer and had to stop to a few shots of them too. We saw a snowflake or two.

 Got to the trailhead…of course no one was there. Since there was a chance of running into hunters, we were decked out in our orange. This is one of the longer drives…46 miles from home. A light layer of snow was on the trail, and it got colder as we climbed and we each had several layers on. Soon we got into the heavy huckleberry areas, and the waning red bushes were still loaded with previously frozen berries, plump with juice and water.  We kept our eyes peeled for bears, but saw none nor did we see any bear scat. There were lots of elk and moose tracks.  It seemed like the weather changed with each blink of the eye…fog, sun, snow, wind, sun, and so it went.

When we got to the top, we had a snack, and then headed down to the lower lake. It took 30 minutes. Wind was light and cold at the lake and we huddled behind some rocks to get out of the wind. After taking lots of shots of the lake, deciding not to go to the upper lake, we headed back up…and it was tough climb, being that we had just eaten lunch and drank a thermos of hot chocolate. I would have rather have taken a nap than the steep hike up. By now snow was falling heavily and we hoped it would keep up. It was good to see the white stuff again. I had to put another jacket on.

With sun now out for the drive home, the fall colors were so much more vibrant…but we didn’t stop for any more pics…just wanted to get home.

Left home                                8:50

Got to T.H.                              10:15

Started up                               10:20

Got to top                                12:45

Back up to top from lake          2:00

Started down                           2:15                

Got to truck                             3:50     

Total miles hiked                      11 miles

Total hiking time                       5 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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