Heading up toward Tworoose Pass (no idea what the name means) provides magnificent views of Big Ridge (yep, that meaning is pretty obvious) and Lake Fork drainage.
A spring-fed trough provided a nice drink for Mischief. He's not getting ridden much this year, but he gets his exercise by following Coco and Boss.
We came to quite a bit of snow in a Ponderosa Pine forest just over 10,000 ft. Fortunately, critter traffic created a snow-free lane that worked perfectly for us. We saw quite a few deer and elk on the way up, so plenty of wildlife is going through these woods.
At the edge of the big meadow, we had a nice view of Duck Mountain (another strange name, related to the Duck Lake located in the valley below).
Mischief made his buddies jealous when he enjoyed the freedom of a roll.
Before he got up, he used his back hoof to scratch his itchy jaw.
He's looking a little dirty here. But that roll sure did feel good.
By the time we reached Baum Lake, the trail was getting muddy. One side of the lake was rimmed with frost and snow.
When we took a granola bar break. Mischief wanted to share.
Then Coco wanted some, too.
Mischief is moving his lips hoping to get one more taste.
Daisy would have wanted a bite, but she had to stay home. We thought the ride would be too long and hot for her, with not enough water holes.