Cly Basin Peak

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Climbin' and fishin' near Cly Basin Peak.

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After a week in Wisconsin, I was in need of some mountain head space. Brother Tom was up in McCall, so it was perfect. Tom had never been to Cly Lakes. Seemed about time. It just had to be Otis-approved.

So we rolled out at about 7am, on our feet at 8am. This is looking north toward Duck Lake and the 20 Mile drainage. That's Burnside on the left, Humdinger on the right.

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After about 30 minutes of light bushwacking, we were looking at Cly Basin Peak, with the Cly Basin between us.

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To cross the basin, you have to drop about 500', cross Cly Creek, then climb the same amount up the other side. Here's Tom taking a break at Cly Creek while Otis inspects the water quality.

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Those in the know debate about whether or not this counts as a Cly Lake. I call it Cly #1. Cly Basin Peak rises above its NE shore (out of frame on the right). I took a picture of the peak, but the camera was looking right into the sun.

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Since I couldn't show you a good photo from this outing, here's looking south from Foolshen Peak back in 2012. Cly Basin Peak is the pointed, shadowy peak in the foreground, just left of center. Trailhead

We walked around the south side of the lake following a fisherman's trail, then bushwhacked up to the saddle directly south of our peak. Then up the south ridge. Pretty easy going; the deadfall was ancient, so laying on the ground, and the boulders allowed one to work the terrain to keep it Otis-approved.

And then we were on the summit. A little bit of scrambling.

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Major hero shot.

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Major views. This is looking south to Tsum Peak on the left and Sawtooth in the right background.

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I have one peak left to climb in this drainage (the one pictured), but today was not the day. Despite the fact that we traversed only about 400' beneath it on the way to the upper Cly Lakes.

Today, there were fish to catch!

You'll have to work pretty hard to find a more beautiful place to whip water.

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And they were biting! In only about 30 minutes, Tom caught five good-sized cutthroats and a small lodgepole. Trailhead

Then it was time to head home. We walked the trail along the upper Cly lake (somefolks consider them to be two lakes, but they share the same water level). That's Humdinger in the notch above the "lower" Cly.

Then back to Cly #1. I suppose I lucked out, because I relied only on memory to find the chute back down to Cly #1, and on my first try. And it wasn't terribly hot on the climb back to the truck. Sweet!

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