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An adventure in the snow to two seldom-visited lakes.

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After snow and snarly weather earlier in the week, we had a prediction of cold and clear. I love this kind of fall day, so invited Tuesday Dave and Art to get out. Dave immediately accepted, so I supplied a list of possibles. Lightning (or at least thunder) had turned us around on an attempt at Kathy's previously, so that made this hike all the more attractive.

So we were off bright and early (no clouds!), making the first tracks today into Duck Lake.

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From Duck, we headed into the Loon Creek drainage, north and then over the ridge in the background here.

But first, some pics. And less clothing.

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Pics. And since we were sight-seeing, many of the pics include peaks done previously. Check the links as we go along.

Burnside Peak reflecting in Duck Lake.

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Rain Peak

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The Loons with Hee Lake in the foreground (or is it Haw.... I get the names confused). We'll be following a trail of sorts down toward the lake in a few minutes.

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Lost Art Peak, with Wanderlost peeking over its right shoulder.

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Ruby surveying all.

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So here's the trail down off the ridge. It's lumpy, ledgy, and with twists and turns. The coating of snow adds something special. Trailhead

Once down off the ridge, you wander (bushwack) across a false flat, then traverse around the east side of Lost Art. Here the sun was melting things off a bit. Adding to the list of treacherous footing: wet bear grass and occasional slippery mud.

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Oh, and boulders.

That's Wanderlost again.

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Navigating the boulders wasn't too bad, especially because both Art and I had been confronted with this in the past.

That's Humdinger on the skyline.

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Now that we have gained the outlet to Kathy's Lake, we also get to see the backside of Lost Art.

And finally, a panorama of Kathy's Lake below
(including two Daves, plus Ruby if you look closely).

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We had lunch, took lots of photos, and enjoyed the warm sunshine. But there was more to see, so we continued our climb above Kathy's. Trailhead

And here we complete our lake tour of the day. This one has no name, as far as I know.

Again a lengthy round of photos and staring.

And then it was time to head home. We did a bit of a loop, then reversed our traverse across the east end of Lost Art.

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Then, on tired legs, we were facing the ridge between us and the Twenty Mile drainage. More up. Trailhead

Eventually we got to the Loon Creek saddle again.

Back in the sun, we again paused to eat and stare.

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And more pics. I'll leave you with this final picture of Hum Peak.

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Map

Dave Rides the World (Dave's trip report)

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.... and if you were wondering where all th elk are, this is on my way home from Dave's. Trailhead

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