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A November visit to the Pioneer range takes us up Iron Bog Peak.

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It's inversion time in the Idaho mountains (cold), and there has been snow. So we were concerned about our conditions. But as we climbed up the only somewhat-snowy road to the trailhead, the temperature rose up out of the single digits to almost 20F. It looked like cold camping for all those hunters down below, but up here, where we were the only ones parked, it was warm enough to put your boots on without losing feeling.

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I think Murphy has a law about group size in relation to efficiency, but we did eventually get moving.

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The trail has a 100' extremely steep beginning, straight up, that is topped by a sitting bench. That should tell you something right there.

But soon after, it starts traversing and the views come out. We took the opportunity to take photos and strip a few layers.

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No, that's not today's peak. Almost, though.... Trailhead

There's our peak over on the right.

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The fishing today at Iron Bog Lake was quite limited.

Note the dog tracks. There was lots of screaming at dogs here. So much for tranquility.

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Above the lake, we followed a sort of gully that brings one out onto a broad talus hillside. Trailhead

That then forms a gully again. But the talus has become a constant.

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Looking back down.

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More talus.

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Then talus above 10,000'.

Sharp eyes will spot Ruby. She knows the drill.

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And finally, the summit.

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Looking off to the south.

That's Scorpion Peak on the right.

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Sort of northwesterly, looking into Copper Basin. Trailhead
Then back down the talus gully. Trailhead

Looking down on the lake.

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And on the trail back, a really, really big whitebark pine.

When we got back to the car the temp was in the low 40s. We changed into traveling clothes, had snacks, and eventually (Murphy's Law again) headed home to the Bronco game.

Great day with a great group of fellers, and my highest peak of the year.

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