We drove up Friday morning, and stopped by the ranger station to pick up our permit. This wilderness area is nice that there are no permit quotas. We had some lunch at the Crabtree Trailhead, then headed up the trail towards Chewing Gum Lake, which is where we stayed the night. The night at Chewing Gum Lake was the coldest and windiest night we spent out, but we stayed warm in our sleeping bags.
|Heading up to Chewing Gum Lake.|
|We started to get some views.|
|Apparently I didn't take any pictures of Chewing Gum Lake, so here's one of me at our campsite near the lake.|
|As a native New Englander, open spaces in the mountains still impress me.|
|Jessica modeling my rain coat.|
|If you look closely, there is a cow hiding in the trees.|
|The view from our campsite at Long Lake.|
|Looking back up Long Lake.|
|Off trail, Deer lake is at the bottom of the hill.|
|We hiked along the bottom of an impressive cliff between Jewelry and Gem Lakes.|
|Piute Lake was my favorite of the day.|
|Look at that haze and smoke.|
|An unnamed lake between Piute Meadow and Camp Lake.|
Monday morning we only had a few miles to go, so we packed up quickly, and headed back to the car so we could go to a diner for lunch. About a mile from the trailhead, we passed a mule train, the only pack animals we saw, despite there being a lot of evidence they had been there before. After a pleasant lunch, we put on the GPS for the drive back to the Bay Area.
|Our campsite is packed up and ready to go.|
|Still very hazy from the forest fires.|
|Back into the woods.|
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