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A snowy day on Boulder Mountain, an old favorite.

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We've been busy doing Fall stuff, such as winterizing the house, raking leaves, etc. so we were overdue for a hike. Then I found out that my niece, Mackenzie, was "up." Time to go for a hike in the Boulder drainage!

I knew there was some snow up high, but was surprised by exactly how much. Hmmm. In addition to my other Fall chores, maybe it's time to put on the snow tires?

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So our gang was off for Shaw Twin Lake, including the mutt patrol of Ruby, Finn, and Lyra (SP?). From here, we went around the left side of the lake following the trail to Upper Shaw Twin, but then deviated to climb the snowy hillside and thus up the rock rib, then onto the ridgetop. Trailhead

Here we are working our way up the snowy hillside. Lubricated rocks and bear grass. I felt the need to tell Jim about breaking my leg in somewhat similar conditions.

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Moving up the rock rib, now with both lakes in view. Also note the low cloud deck. NOAA said the clouds were going to go away.... Trailhead

Not yet.

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Still higher.

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After you gain the ridgetop, it's simple hiking, mostly on a trail (a sheep driveway, actually) if you can find it in the snow.

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And there's the summit cairn. There was once a lookout here. Trailhead

Mackenzie and Lyra on the true summit.

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Father and daughter making good use of an old lookout timber.

We hung out until the begging of the mutts became too obnoxious. I had originally planned on a bit of an explore, but that required descending a very steep chute towards Anderson Lake. Didn't seem like a good idea today.

Time to head down.

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The clouds teased us as we descended. That's Little Payette Lake in the spotlight.

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There's Jug with its top clipped off. In the background you can see Cascade Reservoir.

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Following the sheep driveway in a white, white world.

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Obligatory Ruby shot.

I don't think Mackenzie was in pain; just squinting in response to the white.

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