Twin Lakes Trip - hike two to Green Lake
posted in September, 2019
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The Green Lake area & terrain were new to all of us. The drive there took about an hour, heading south on 395 from Bridgeport for five miles, and then turning west, cruising uphill on a dirt road for ten miles, a desolate & scenic drive.
On the walk the ground was a lot softer today compared to yesterday's often rocky ground. It was an 8 mile round trip with maybe 1,000 ft. of gain. This walk generated a lot of positive comments from the hikers while out on the trail.
Green Lake is at 8,945 ft.
note: you can zoom in on any part of a photo by left clicking in & then out again. (all photos are shown in the order taken)
|group photo||Andy and Chris||we've been friends for awhile||Andy & Rich|
|big Junipers||mountain mahogany|
|small creek||keeping a decent pace|
|a tree with a bad case of..||..woodpeckers||distant view|
|easy walking, sometimes||tricky creek crossing||lunch spot|
|Green Lake, see note||the falls across the lake||highest visible part of the falls|
note - our lunch spot was in the SW corner of the lake. When we first encountered this lake, just after our interesting & improvised creek crossing, we were at the SE corner, and the wind was right into our faces & unbearable, maybe at 30 to 40 mph.
Patrick and Victoria wisely steered us to the left to a nearly wind-free overlook of the Lake, and our lunch spot. The Lake photos were taken in a stiff wind, partially exposed.
On the walk back -
|2 year old Elise, see note 1||spent thistle|
|not completely spent||less technical walking today|
|walking break||butterscotch tree, see note 2||same flavorful tree|
|natural settings...||leaves losing pigments in fall|
note 1 - Elise at 2 is using an Ipad.....what is the world coming to ? But she also takes in the scenery and catches a nap once in a while, at least I hope so. I have to admit I don't really know because I only see Patrick & Victoria & Elise at the start of a hike and not again until lunch, because they are such strong hikers.
note 2 - Linda told me to put my nose into the crack of the giant bark 'panels' on this Ponderosa Pine, which I did, and it definitely has the aroma of butterscotch.
Twin Lakes Trip - hike one to Barney Lake
Twin Lakes Trip - hike three to Mine Creek and Lakes
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