Toller Peak

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A missing trail takes us to a cool peak- almost entirely on trail!

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Some maps show a trail starting here, some don't. But there really is a trail, and although it's pretty steep for a bit, there were no trees blocking it.

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See? Nice trail!

About here I had to stop and do some trail yoga. My back was in knots. I was blaming it on too much time in the car last weekend, but it might (also) have been from the semi-abusive bike ride I did last week.

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After that interlude, I was feeling and moving much better.

After a gain of several hundred feet, the Toller Ditch trail meets up with the Bear Pete trail.

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The Bear Pete trail is open to motorcycles and mountain bikes. There are sections that would not be fun on a mountain bike, but mostly it's great. And good views, too.

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That's our peak on the left. But instead of heading straight for it, we stayed on the trail and walked around to the other side of our peak. A good trail is a good thing.

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And there's Bear Pete in the bakcground. The peak on the left we did last week: Pete Creek Peak.

We continued a little farther around, then headed for the top.

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From near the top, we finally got to see the much-anticipated lakes.

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Summit.

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We had spent entirely too much time on a trail, so decided to follow this ridge line despite the obvious deadfall. Trailhead

Gorgeous fall colors.

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Lots of deadfall. I think all that high-stepping and crawling over logs was therapeutic for my back. Trailhead

And then that wonderful trail back to the car.

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Map

Dave's report

 

After, we drove on out the road to the Fingers and down to the Salmon. The extra drive was well worth the sightseeing.

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