Grouse Lakes Basin - October 2020

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In mid-October, I met up with hikers Rich & Linda plus Barb G. in Roseville, and we carpooled to the Grouse Lakes Basin, in the the Sierra Nevada mountains  at about 7,000 ft. 

map of Grouse Basin Lakes

The walk began at Carr Lake, on the Round Lakes trail. We turned onto the Crooked Lakes trail, which took us to scenic Penner Lake.  After a lakeside lunch we headed back, a 7 mile walk with 500+ ft. of elevation gain/loss.

This was an area of the Sierras that I was not familiar with, but Rich knows the area well, from his former backpacking days.  The parking areas were full so there must be a lot of backpackers in the area.  We saw many hikers, some with leashed dogs, and you could tell that people were camping in the area, too.

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Carr Lake Rich on the road Feeley Lake Barb & Linda at Feeley Lake
  a small unnamed lake willow leaves w/ spider webs one of many  Crooked Lakes  
Island Lake again granite landscape uphill walk & a wind-topped tree
  first look at Penner Lake hikers arriving (on the left)

German Shepherd, see note below

 
stick retriever Jake   at the ridge, a wind-blown young conifer  Linda & Barb on the way back
  hikers R&L s fall light & coloration      

Note - At the Penner Lake lunch stop, there was a nearby couple with a German Shepherd, a natural swimmer who tended to wax eloquent about wanting a stick thrown into the lake, which vocalizations were amusing.   

It was great to be walking in the mountains, late in the season, with fall colors in the undergrowth. I'm sure for all of us, it was a mental health day out, much needed & appreciated.  

We stopped in Colfax and had a nice dinner at TJ's diner, before heading back to Roseville. 

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Postscript - when I went through the photos at home I realized I had not taken many pictures of the hikers. Thankfully, Barb did, and she soon sent out the following images, for which I am grateful. 

hikers at the trailhead at Island Lake granite seat w/armrest
Penner Lake lunch spot feet in the water

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