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A popular backpack trip in the White Clouds, Born Lakes can also be a day hike

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The highlight of this trip may have been the drive: dropping down the grade from Beaver Creek summit to Lowman, we saw a mountain lion with two cubs (kittens?). But the rest of the day was pretty nice, too.

The weather guessers said mostly sunny, so when we left the Fourth of July trailhead, we figured the clouds would burn off. And we hoped the breeze would pick up to get rid of the skeeters. Neither really happened, but the hillside was plenty steep as we shortcut our way up the hillside to the pass into Antz Basin.

Initial grind
Our goal for the day was actually Lonesome Peak. But Julie wasn't feeling great. And it's a long way in. So we made it to the little meadows under the left shoulder and decided to turn our plans into more of a scenic hike.
creek
So we detoured back into the Born Lakes basin and did a grand tour of all the lakes. Very pretty. Lots of great looking camp sites. ridge

There are a bunch of lakes- some small, others bigger. And there are lots of trails wandering around and through. Not that you really need the trails- it is very open country without a lot of deadfall.

But there are lots of creeks, bogs, swamps, what have you. The snow had just come off, so I suspect a lot of the area dries up a bit later in the summer.

 

Zach in the talus

Even though there were a lot of tents in the basin, it still seemed very peaceful and serene.

Summit ridge

Then it was time to head home. Although most of the trail was dry, there are still a few spots on the trail that are buried under snowfields. And the initial flats in Ants Basin was a bit muddy.

On the way out, we followed the trail down to Fourth of July lake and out the trail.

At the pass, I snapped the panorama below to show current conditions of the Sawtooths.

Summit
Clouds

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