Deep, Trail, and Frog lakes loop

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Three (and a half) lakes in beautiful, smoke-free light.

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Dave needed a short day with low stress on a sore knee. He mentioned Deep lake, and I was in. I had been to Deep and Trail on several occasions, but had never visited (or seen) the third lake in this loop, Frog Lake.

So in an effort to catch good morning light, we rolled from Dave's at 7am. We win: when we got to Deep lake, the sun was not yet fully up!

Note: At my house this morning, it was 33° and I had to scrape my windshield.

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We both shot a lot of photos. This is a different view of Deep Lake. Note that we are no longer on a trail. That would be the case for the remainder of the hike.

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As you approach the ridge that separates Deep from Trail, there is the remnants of another lake, this one unnamed. But it had great light.

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Dave was/is a little more serious about his photography (check the link at the bottom of this page), so while he worked the light I looked around and reminisced about climbing the peaks around us on a trip I titled Diamond Ridge.

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Then it was up and over the ridge to Trail Lake. This isn't a bad bushwack, except this morning the bushes (and bear grass) were frosty and wet. Oh well- the view was worth the wet socks. Trailhead

Dave at work, closely supervised by Ruby.

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For art, we decided to circle the lake. At first, we were able to walk below the high-water line on solid ground. But that soon changed to never-ending seepage and springs. Oh well, once again worth it.

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One last view of Trail Lake before we slip over the ridge and descend to Frog Lake.

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And a zoom in on the crenelations of Diadem Peak. Trailhead

It's a short walk to a view of Frog Lake.

But here, the deadfall gets a little more serious. We moved carefully on the slippery hillside.

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From above, we expected Frog Lake to be a muddy bog. But once at its shore, we found that it is surprisingly beautiful.

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It also has an interesting outlet. Interesting as in "very wet and wide". Trailhead
The bushwack back to the car (zoom in and you can see the car here) is loaded with downfall. Take your time. I think it took us longer to walk down this hill than it took to climb to Deep. Trailhead

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Dave's report

 

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