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A new twist on Boulder Mountain, an old favorite.

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Supposed to be hot today. The plan: less driving, and home earlier. Only Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

But despite my best efforts (or possibly because of my efforts at good coffee), it was already 7:30 by the time I got to Lower Shaw Twin Lake.

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In the past, I've gone to the Upper Shaw Twin before leaving the trail. Today, we continued around the lower lake, then started bushwacking in a rising traverse.

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And there's the Upper Lake down there. With Boulder Mountain on the skyline.

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And finally, on the ridge and headed for the summit. There's Long Valley below, with a nearly full moon above. Trailhead

Its great having a good zoom on the camera.

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We marched across the hillside, me marveling at the scenery, Ruby ruthlessly searching for ground squirrels.

And there's the summit. Was once a lookout, is now a pile of burnt and rusting trash.

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But with a view!

The green area (or... light green area) is Boulder Meadows. We walked through that a couple weeks ago on our way to Malony Lake. The big wall behind that is Buckhorn Mountain.

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And there's the subject of my eternal fascination, The Spear (no, that's not a tree). Trailhead

Always interested in learning new terrain, there was a lake below I had never visited. Below a steep, somewhat questionable gully.

But before we dive into the gully, there's Anderson Lake on the other side.

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Looking up at our gully. It was quite steep, but very doable. My major worry was rolling a rock on little Ruby, who had ventured down a long, long way below me.

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A little bushwacking (and a lot of mosquito wacking) and there's the previously unvisited lake. See the map below to count the lakes.

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The contours on the map didn't seem like anything to worry about. But then I was reminded of "Sean's rule": the contour lines are 40 feet apart, but it only takes a 10-foot cliff to stop you.

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We poked around and did a lot of up-and-down, eventually making it to the frog pond: familiar territory.

Over the last five years, I sort of forgot how bushy and wet the hillside is below the frog pond.

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It didn't take long to get to Upper Shaw Twin.

From there heading back to the trailhead, we ran into multiple groups. And more coming up the road. Next time I hike on a Sunday around here, I'm going to set the coffee maker on auto.

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