Most of the terrain on this hike has been burned quite some time ago, leaving a lot of silvery-gray, dead trees, both standing and fallen. (Not a good place to be on a very windy day.) For this hike, you must first climb up to a ridge that runs along the Bitterroot-Selway Wilderness boundary, then drop down to a saddle, only to climb up again to reach the lakes that lie beyond. Hiking through the burned area can be quite hot on a sunny, summer day. It's a good idea to take plenty of water and a water filter to re-fill at the lakes. Because it was pretty hot on this hike, the lake sounded good for jumping in ... but as I expected for late June, it was cooler at the lakes with a breeze and lower temps due to higher elevation, along with very cold water from the snow melting directly into the lake ... so no swimming for us this time around. However, it was quite enjoyable hanging out at the lakes and exploring the terrain beyond. :)
We finished out this hike, and a little less than a week later we hiked up to St. Mary's Peak. From the peak, we headed off trail out on the ridge farther than we've gone in the past, and then down to the lower McCalla Lake to hang out by the water on another hot, summer day. Pics of that hike to come... hopefully soon. :)
And maybe someday I'll get around to doing a post of a snowshoe trip we took up here a few years back. So many hikes I have yet to share as I catch up sorting my pics. :)
See you in the next post...