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A differnt way to climb Boulder Mountain.

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A September Sunday. Decent temps. A bit of smoke, but not terrible. Where to go?

Julie had never been to Shaw Twin Lakes, and the trailhead is just a 30 minute drive from our house. Seems like a good choice. I didn't talk about Boulder Mountain.....

So we got a lazy start at about 9:30. Already shirt-sleeve temps.

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It's only about a mile to the lower lake.

Note the rib in the sun, just left of center.

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We got to the upper lake, where I asked Julie if she wanted to scramble up to the ridge for the view.
Yep. Game on.
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It was pretty easy scrambling, and the view was wonderful. That's Upper Shaw Lake. Approach

When we gained the ridge, I explained that Boulder was less than a mile away, and fewer than 700' higher. Did she want to?

She did.

Note: I first spotted this potential route when we hiked to Shaw Twin Lakes with Tom and Susan.

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We followed fairly fresh sheep-herding sign. At least it smelled fresh. So no, those are not chocolate chips.

As annoyed as I was about the sheep mess, I was way more worried about running into the herd dogs with Ruby. Fortunately, we never did see them, nor the sheep.

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Stock trail. Approach

Summit.

Some of the support for the old lookout tower is still there. But not much.

We enjoyed the view and I named peaks for Julie.

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Example: There's an unnamed lake and Shaw Twin Point. Approach
This is looking up Lake Fork Creek, with a bit of Slick Rock showing. Approach

Map

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