Coffee Cup and Disappointment lakes

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Two lakes, two peaks, and a whole lot of fun.

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After our big and tiring weekend at Mt. Heinous, and knowing we had a hard work week coming up clearing trails for ITA (Idaho Trails Association), we were looking for something a little mellower. And as usual, something fresh. Because neither of us had been to Coffee Cup Lake, that seemed like a good place to start.

So after driving for an hour, we were on our feet. Three cars in the trailhead. Cool temps. Not too bad.....

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The trail starts uphill vigorously, but we were still appreciative of having a trail (a trail!).

And flowies.

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It's only a couple miles to the Grassy Twin Lakes. Grassy Twin Peak in the background. We'll be hiking to the saddle on the right. Trailhead

Ruby at work.

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Nearing the previously-mentioned saddle. The trail up here is a little loose with baseball and smaller rocks. But it's a trail.

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Looking back down from the saddle.

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At the saddle, one can turn south for Frog Lake. There was a group heading out that ridge. The trail is faint, but it's there.

Or one can continue straight and downhill towards Coffee Cup Lake. This is more of a trail. So pretty soon we were looking down on Coffee Cup.

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If your gaze was a little higher, you also got an eyeful of Seven Devils.

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The trail no longer follows what is shown on the map, but it does take you to the lake. On the way, you pass through some very pretty meadows with lots of flowers at this time of year. Trailhead

Coffee Cup Lake. There was a huge fire-pit with some stone seats. But the tent sites look a little questionable.

We fished briefly, then decided to try to find Disappointment Lake.

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Finally! Now it's a real hike because we're bushwacking.

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There's our lake.

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Ruby went right to work.

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So did Dave.

At the risk of sounding like I'm telling fish stories, or exaggerating to the point of lying, let's just say there are fish in this lake.

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After a leisurely lunch, it was time for some more bushwacking. We decided to head towards Lake Serene. This was a punishing climb, especially because we had intended to keep it mellow. Oh well.

So when we finally struggled our way to the top of the intervening ridge, we had two choices: Lake Serene

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Or Serene Peak.

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To build suspense, here's some more flowies.

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Yep, we went up.

From the top of Serene Peak, there's Hard Benchmark.

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More flowies.

This picture of the buckwheat made Julie gasp. Never mind the background.

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Near the summit of Hard Benchmark, Ruby decided it was time for work again. Honestly, she knows when it's time for a photograph without being told.

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Another view of Grassy Twins. Note that it was only about 50° here with a good breeze blowing. Cold!

And then we followed the east ridge back to the car, making for a really nice shortcut.

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See Tuesday Dave's excellent photos

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