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A pleasant morning walk over the Twins on the Boulder-Louie loop ends in a FKST.

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Only one car in the Boulder parking lot. Tom's idea of Twin Peaks is looking good, even if it was a lot longer than what I had offered him. There was some doubt about the length of this hike considering his time constraints, but when we got to the interesection a bee attack convinced us to head uphill and our fate was sealed.

We followed the trail up the ridge until the topo lines all pointed at the summit of North Twin. Then after clambering over a few logs in the moist forest floor, we were getting burnished by the sun on the parched sagebrush hillside.

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Typical Lick Creek range summit: easy walking to a rocky scramble.

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There's the higher south summit over there.

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Ruby went for a shady spot with a backdrop of Jughandle Mountain.

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Summit age 199. Ruby will turn 5 in November.....

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Boulder Lake(s). The water is so low that it exposed an ismuth in the middle. Boulder Mountain in the center background.

Yes, that's my finger in the picture. Cell phones- pfffft!

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Dave playing NTP. I think he's pointing at Oregon's Blue Mountains. Trailhead

More grassy hillside led us up South Twin.

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Another round of NTP ensued. That's the Needles in the hazy distance (not nearly as far away as the Blues to the west, but not far out to the east there are fires).

Then Dave and I had to chase Tom as he madly dropped back to the trailhead to establish a FKST.

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