Blacktip and Bruin

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You have to climb the peak you can see from your house: Blacktip Mountain.

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You can see this peak from Dave's patio, so it became a must-do. In Dave's report (linked below), you can see that view.

After a drive of just over an hour from Dave's house, we were climbing steeply to gain the upper, flatter part of Blacktip Mountain. We smelled sheep (and saw sheep shit) so I was worried about Ruby running into the sheep dogs. So this is my first photo, from near the summit and looking back from whence we came.

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From the summit, looking back toward Dave's house. You can *sorta* see Payette Lake.

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Bruin Peak on the left, our next objective for the day. To get there, we would first have to pass by the truck.

The real reason for this photo, though, was the smoky view of the Seven Devils.

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This is looking down Little French Creek. Ruby looked down there and just HAD to visit the snow patch. That patch is smaller than when I took this same basic photo at the end of September, 2011.

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On our way back down we ran into this pile of feathers. Scenarios abounded, but I really don't know what happened here. Oh yeah- Nature.

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We took another break at the truck, then cruised up Bruin. Here's looking back from high on the ridge. That's this morning's peak on the far left. Trailhead

And looking the other way, there's the summit.

We worked hard to keep the blocky rock to a minimum for Ruby, who doesn't really like this kind of terrain.

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Looking back from the summit.

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Summit shot. Ruby is hiding in the shade.

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If you looked over my shoulder in the previous photo and then zoomed in, you'd see this view of Grassy Twin Lakes (and ridge), lakes I visited with Dave about a month ago.

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Ruby led the way back. Find the trail, Ruby! Trailhead
In case you were concerned, I want to report that there is no shortage of deadfall in the area. Trailhead
On the way home we spotted the previously-mentioned sheep. Trailhead

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Dave's report

 

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