Boulder-Jug-Louie loop

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Dog walk.

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None of my usual victims wanted to play, but Ruby needed her exercise. Something close to the house? A dog walk!

That's Boulder Reservoir, looking quite low already. And in the background, you can see the top of Jughandle. To me it's not "Jughandle Mountain," just Jughandle. Or even simply Jug. Almost in my back yard.

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This trail is super popular by my standards, so I usually avoid it until the off-season. Here's proof: the Forest Strangers have mounted a camera to count how many pass by.

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And there's Boulder Lake, also very low. In fact, now TWO lakes. We've seen this division before, but last year it was the end of October.

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As we worked our way around the lake I noticed some sheep shit in the trail. Dang! If we run into the sheep, it could complicate things.

Sure enough, as we headed up the loop trail the range maggots were right on the trail, which is right on top of the ridge. Moving really fast with Ruby on leash, we tried to do an end run off-trail around the herd. 2500' vertical gain an hour, off trail. Hard on an old man. We had almost made it when I had to employ advice from the wife and yell "NO, pero!" I think Multiple Use is supposed to imply a friendly sharing of the forest, but that damned dog running at us barking with fangs bared did sure not seem very friendly.

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Okay, heart rate slowly dropping, I let Ruby off her leash. Still sweating hard from the effort, though, despite the coolish temps in the low 60s.

There's Jug peaking out above the trees.

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Time to leave the trail.

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Pausing to catch my breath and take in the sights. There's McCall.

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The ridge up is pretty fun. I think I could see shoe prints here and there. But no one in sight.

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Summit view.

This is the view from last time I was in this spot.

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And looking toward McCall.

Note the general lack of smoke. We were very appreciative of that fact, with tomorrow predicted to be truly bad.

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Looking into the Lick Creek range.

NTP, anyone?

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As we enjoyed our summit lunch and view, this feller (or gal?) found us very interesting.

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I knew there was a trail of sorts to get off the summit on the other side, but since I seem to always be snow climbing here wasn't sure just where it was. So we wandered around a bit before finally cutting it about 500' below the top. Soon after, we got a great view of Louie Lake. Trailhead
And this is the tourist's photo. You are required to take this exact photo every time you visit the lake. Trailhead

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