August 3, 2009

Hiking Mania

This weekend, we hiked from the Hell's Canyon trailhead to the area around Toquer Lake (shown above).
We took a "shortcut" on the way in, passing this inexplicable buck and rail fence in the middle of nowhere. We reached it only after climbing over lots of rockfall and downed trees. The fence is located close to the High Uintas Wilderness area boundary, so maybe that's its reason for being.
Soon after passing the fence, we stumbled upon the "real trail", which was a heck of a lot more pleasant than bushwhacking.
We passed several lakes, and meadows with small streams inhabited by brook trout like this one:
Even in the rockiest areas, there were compensations, like these beautiful columbines:
A mile or so farther down the "trail" (which had again become non-existent), I rested in this lovely meadow at 10,800 feet (3300 m):
admiring these wildflowers:
while Steve climbed to an overlook above the snowfields:
If you enlarge and look closely, you can see a speck on top of the ridge in the middle of the photo. That's Steve. Daisy's up there somewhere, too.
Here was his view from the top (11,600 feet/3550 m):
My part of the round trip walk was 10 miles and 2200 feet (650 m)elevation gain. Steve's adventure was a little farther and higher, which only goes to show he's tougher (or more maniacal?) than I am.
For views from other worlds, click here.

31 comments:

  1. Hi!Just beautiful...

    kisses,

    irina

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  2. I'm tired just looking at the pictures! That meadow picture made me realize how much I miss being in the mountains.

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  3. Oh so beautiful. The streams are so clear and the trout looks big. Gorgeous captures as always.

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  4. beautiful photos....wish I was there

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  5. WOW. What a great way to spend time together...so beautiful. I can't believe how far away he and Daisy were in that 'snowy' photo!

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  6. So beautiful and calm. Please note that I have gladly added you on my "Blog List"!

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  7. I love the first picture - Daisy looks the picture of canine contentment in the minute. Frankly, I would not have fancied trekking up that ridge either!

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  8. thanks to your maniacal desires we get to see a lot of fantastic scenery

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  9. Beautiful wild country. You have some fine adventures and get to see some serious high country. Is all this trekking a hobby or is there research, tourism or such involved?

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  10. Hi Janie,
    Daisy sure looks happy at the lake. You can tell the mountain stream was crystal clear - the trout pic is great! Good for Steve - but I think maybe I'd have rested in the meadow, too.

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  11. Nice hike! Even on a trail, 10 miles is a good day (especially with the up & down). Also enjoyed the pics of Daisy Dog in the previous post. Do your horses really accept her, or is it sort of a begrudging tolerance?

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  12. Great scenery it looks like a good workout hiking in the woods.

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  13. I love such trips, so close to nature. Beautiful shots shared.

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  14. So wild and unspoilt! Looks like a great hike.

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  15. That's a lovely trek I vicariously had with you. Thanks!

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  16. Very high up a wondrous place, all the wildflowers, I guess that is the place to be in high summer.

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  17. Ah, what it is to be yung and fit! At least I can take part in your adventures on your blog. Love the wildflowers.

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  18. Wow, Janie, 10 miles and to that height. Well done. I agree, keeping to a trail is much easier than bushwacking. You realise this when you are FORCED to bushwack as you did here. Thanks for sharing. (((Hugs))) Jo (South Africa)

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  19. You and Steve sure do enjoy hiking these wonderful trails, Janie. I love seeing the beautiful world you live in and I know my hubby sure would like to do a little fly fishing in that trout stream too :D

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  20. Speaking from one who has no sense of direction and who is lucky enough to be married to a man who is an ex-navigator in his previous career, I am always impressed with your long hikes. Do you have a GPS system or rely on a compass. We got lost in the dark once and hubby looked up at the stars and said, yes, we're heading in the right direction and we actually were! Great photos and fabulous surroundings.

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  21. a beautiful walk...so liked that little stream/creek and the trout in it. and of course the amazing scenery.
    have a wonderful week.

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  22. Magnificent pics & nice write up. You guys really have adventures every weekend!

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  23. You are so high above us all...the view must be amazing where you are sitting. :)

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  24. Janie: Loved your photos of your trek. That stream is so clear you can see the fsh and its shadow.

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  25. You sure stay busy! Lovely view. I'd be with you and let Daisy and Steve have their fun at the ridge!

    Enjoyed the cutthroat post, too!

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  26. Leenie: No tourism, or formal research. Steve recently retired, so we're making up for years when we didn't have much free time.
    EcoRover: Mischief (my white horse) tolerates Daisy, but Boss (Steve's dun) has what seems to be a genuine affection for her. They've been friends since Daisy was a pup and they first touched noses. He's gentle with her, and she stands or lies at his heels where his tail will whisk the flies away.
    Denise: we each have a GPS, and Steve carries a compass. Fortunately, Steve has a great sense of direction, much like your husband does. He does pretty well with sun, stars, and landmarks, but in case of fog/rain/snow, it's good to have a backup!

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  27. Beauty abounds your trails. A ten mile trek, hmmm, I will start with my three mile walk. I enjoyed your part of the world.

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  28. That is quite a hike!!

    I'm just admiring the amazing clarity of the water and the beauty of the wildflowers..

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  29. I can understand why your hooked on hiking, such pretty scenery to wander around in.

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  30. That trout is astonishing!
    Have I ever told you how much I envy the life you lead?

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