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Fishing at Bear Lake is part of the fun of visiting Whangdoodle Mountain.

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For this hike, we had a crowd. Ruby had to sit on the floorboards between my feet. This is about 70 yards short of the actual trailhead... given the condition of the road, we weren't sure there would be space to turn around there. So we grabbed an open parking spot, geared up, and were on our way.

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Our lake lay over there, somewhere.

The other end of our loop is just out of the shot on the right.

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This is looking down Bear Creek, which runs all the way down to the South Fork of the Salmon River. Trailhead

The trail has some blocky granite in it here and there, but is basically very good walking. Along the way, you cross a creek and pass by this big pond.

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After climbing up and down over a couple ribs, you finally see Bear Lake. It's big!

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The 'fish people' in our group were quick to deploy. Let the water whipping begin!

This is Tim using a 'wide stance'.

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Pam uses a tighter stance.

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Meanwhile, Dave, Ruby, and I hit the trail to do the loop (and our peak). Along the way we noticed evidence that the lake gets quite a bit lower.

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It's a short climb up onto the ridge, then a gentle traverse around a bump on the ridge to the intersection with the ridge trail that comes over from Steamboat Peak. Once on the ridge trail, the views really open up.

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The trail wanders along, also allowing views back down to Bear Lake.

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Some areas have trees (especially near the summit, ahead here). Others are quite open. Trailhead
Closer view of the summit. Trailhead

And finally, the actual summit.

There are several bumps along the top here, but my GPS said this rock is the highest by 1 foot.

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More stuff to look at. This is an unusual view of Storm Dome. Trailhead

And here's a spot we visited just a couple weeks ago, Mount Horrendous and The Spear.

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As we proceeded along the ridge to our next trail junction, we got to see a collection of additional frog ponds.

When we got back to the truck, the 'fish people' had not yet arrived. So we walked back to Bear Lake for the rendezvous and took a quick swim in the lake (wonderful!). Once all were loaded back into the rig, we stopped in Warren at the Baum Shelter for refreshments on our way home.

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Also see Dave's wonderful photos Trailhead

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