Idler Peak

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Idler Creek just might be the crown jewel of the Lick Creek range.

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I had been telling Dave stories about Idler Creek for almost two years. So today we rode our bikes to the turnoff, ditched them and started up the trail. A bit before the creek crossing, we took off uphill to the west. Steep.

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After we gained the ridge, we had to do some shuck and jive around a few cliffy areas. This part, despite how it looks, required some four-wheel drive.

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But the ridgetop was amazing, and well worth the effort.

One of our lakes seen in panorama below.

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Art bends it like Beckham.

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Dave, the mighty fish whisperer.

And that wasn't the biggest one.

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Another lake. Note the gang out on the peninsula. Click for a bigger version.

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Zoomed in a bit.

Note: Our route above the lake took us up the ridge in the background, right.

Also note: That's Bearpaw Peak in the distant background.

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Art working his magic.

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Sorta pretty.

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Looking back down the drainage.

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And since we have come all this way, we might as well climb Idler Peak. Trailhead
Because it has views. Trailhead

Summit shot.

Ruby was there, but didn't fit on the rocky top for the photo.

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Looking north. Trailhead

This balanced rock was really visible from our trip up the Middle Fork.

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We took a different route on the descent to avoid the talus. Despite some concerns about it cliffing out, all went well, although still plenty steep.

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Bearpaw from below. Dave called it Bear Claw, and that might be the better name. Is it too late to change? Trailhead

Also see Dave's wonderful photos

Dave Beck photo

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