Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Boulder Lakes Peak-Bagging Loop

Big vertical day with lots of bushwhacking and snow.  Had strong climbing gear and did plenty of uphill, off-trail running.  Awesome views and great weather.  This 14+ miler took me 3:20 to complete: a testament to its ruggedness.
Approaching Jughandle Mountain (8038') you arrive at the beautiful Louie Lake.

From Louie Lake, I climbed east and hit both Twin Peaks summits at around 8000'.  The view of Jug from North Twin summit.

From Twin Peaks, I bushwhacked North through the nice firm snow to Boulder Lake. This is the view from below its dam, looking East toward Buckhorn Mountain (8457').

From Boulder Lake, I climbed North to the summit of Boulder Mountain (8377').  From here I got a look North and East at the Shaw Twin Lakes (foreground) and behind them the Payette Lakes and McCall.

Looking North into the Lick Creek drainage.  Behemoth Slickrock is the tiny hunk of granite on the left edge of the photo.    Also visible (L to R) Snowslide Peak, Sawtooth Peak, Fitsum Peak and Nick Peak- all 8000-9000 footers.

Running the ridge east of Boulder Peak.
One last look back at the Jughandle massif with the Twin Peaks in the foreground.

Big climbin'
4300+' of gain and loss

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