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We only caught wonderful scenery at Malony Lake.

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Malony Lake has been on Dave's list for some time. It's a seldom-visited off-trail extension to the overly-popular Boulder Lake hike. I wasn't sure how the current snow conditions might affect our route, but it was worth a visit regardless.

So off we went. Here's Dave climbing the slab up to Boulder Lake.

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And the lake itself, getting itself photographed, with False Buckhorn on the horizon.

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We call this False Buckhorn, because you can't see the summit from here. Yet tourons always call it Buckhorn Peak. The peak itself is much more dramatic.

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The pile of lumber on the left is what remains of the old bridge. In the meantime, Craig is walking the plank. Ca marche!

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The trail around the lake is as expected about 50% snow. The rest is flowing water and slickery mud. Mostly. Trailhead

Boulder Meadows is a little soft and muddy in places. We worked the drier alleys between drainages, and were soon enjoying a relaxing lunch overlooking the South Fork of the East Fork of Lake Fork Creek.

And then it was time to inspect the drop down to the creek. Slight tightening of sphincters. Tastes like elephant!

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

 

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Across the canyon, that's Buck Peak, which sits right above Buckhorn Mountain Lake. Trailhead

The hillside is indeed quite steep. And what I recall as the normal route was buried in snow. But with some perseverance and careful route selection, we got down the first cliffy section without too much trouble.

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Then it was just a steep (and occasionally muddy) very steep hike down the hillside.

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Down low, the snow covered the boulders. Actually easier this way.

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And finally, the lake. The boys were pleasantly surprised.

Buckhorn looks a bit more dramatic here? Note that we climbed Buckhorn on about this date last year.

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This side of the lake appears to offer a better chance at fishing. Note the little meadow area at the far side.

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We checked out the little meadow. Pretty wet this time of year. Trailhead
Looking back at the outlet. Dave is fishing in here, if you can find him. Trailhead

From the outlet, looking across the lake. Craig is fishing and Dave is making photos. Click to zoom to see if you can find them.

We enjoyed our fishing, but none of us did the other part, the catching.

Although the sky is blue here, it got pretty dark before we had reversed our climb back up to Boulder Meadows. But we never did get rained on, and the sky was reverting to blue by the time we got back to Farm to Market Road.

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Dave's photos

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When we got back to the car, Craig had to walk back and forth a couple times to get in his full 10.0 miles.

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