Saturday, August 16, 2008

Paradise at 10,000 feet

First ride on Tuesday evening to Bonny Lake.

Cammy tries out Shrek at beautiful lily filled Scudder Lake on the Highline Trail.

Finally made it to Naturalist Basin after 7 miles and 3 hours of ROCKY trail. This brought back memories of when I hiked this same trail 38 years ago with my sister and mom. We had horses to carry our gear.

The only lake we saw in Naturalist Basin, Gatman Lake. Rio and Wildbound went wading.

Another view of Bonny Lake looking East.

The kids enjoying a log on Bonny Lake.

Campfire fun, roasting hot dogs, corn and marshmallows for Smores. Thank you JT and Little T for bringing the treats!

Hmmm. Can I have the one on the end?
After everyone left on Thurs. Cowboy and I found a pristine trail in an enchanted peaceful forest. It was filled with trees, gardens, brooks....

mossy knolls....

and eventually a beautiful waterfall. Such an incredible spirit here. I could have stayed here for hours....days.

Friday morning sunrise on Bald Mountain.
Friday morning we packed up and set out to do the Stillwater Fork up to Hell's Hole Lake. However, the trail was blocked by marshes and beaver dam lakes. Instead we rode up Gold Hill Road, found some wonderful cantering trails and this tiny unamed lake. Very rocky road again, but nice.
Fabulous trip. I must say I enjoy this part of Uintas the best. The forests are more lush, more wildflowers and water features. I think I'd like to make this trip again next year!