No Trail 1 and No Trail 2

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Dave has moved to McCall for this summer and was looking for a partner in crime. Although he had completed the Lyle Pearson 200 just last weekend, he was up for a splattski special. So I explained to him about the topos on the wall and we picked a couple pins that were the wrong color.

So bright and early, he picked me and my phat bike up. And we were riding up Kennally Creek at about 8am. Sorry, I can't ride (or push) my bike and take pics at the same time. So here we have abandoned our bikes and are crossing the East Fork of Kennally Creek. Time: 9am. Temp: 50°. Water temp: -50.

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There is some great trail above for riding, but we didn't feel like pushing any more. It's hiking, baby!

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These peaks are named for this infamous trail sign. It's a little hard to read so let me re-write it here:

Blackmare Lake
No trail

Turn left and head uphill.

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After a bit, you can see "No Trail 1"

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The trail wraps around the steep north side of the ridge, which in June means snow. Steep snow.

Ruby sees a possible route. Find the trail, Ruby.

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When we got to the saddle that leads to the lake, we could see both No Trail 1 and No Trail 2. From previous reconnaissance, No Trail 2 has a little rock tower for a summit. We didn't know what that might mean.

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So we ate the elephant and headed for No Trail 1.

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That went well. And now our view of No Trail 2 was much better. But there was a slight taste of elephant..... note the rock tower on the summit.

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The drop, traverse, and climb to No Trail 2 went surprisingly well. We found the rock tower to be an easy scramble, so Dave is still smiling.

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Looking back at No Trail 1.

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And the prize: Squaretop on the left standing proudly above Blackmare Lake. Needles in the far background. The right-hand ridge climbs to the summit of Peak 8494.

 

We didn't totally follow our track on the way back, but close enough. As expected, not another soul on the trail. The creek crossing was still cold. And although the bike descent was bothering Dave's mending collarbone, it was still fun.

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Dave's trip report

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