Bike, huckleberries, hike to Kidney Lake

September 9, 2011 at 09:21 | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The trail to Camas was passable by mountain bike to the talus field before the Camas creek crossing. With a few steep sections and good lines through low stones, it was a challenging uphill after  a couple miles of easy ground. From there the hikeabike to the creek was worse than above on the switchbacks. Biking again for the the short distance to Camas Lake. We were snarled in a backcast  lake-side but managed to get to the water for a view across it to Camas Peak high above to the southwest. With a nice reflection offered by the lake in its stillness, we back-tracked to the Kidney Lake trail and browsed our way up to the lake through the huckleberry fields. The trail was hiking only and weaved a bit before ascending steeply to the lake and bench directly below the Peak. What a glorious basin with larch and rocks and soft places of forest of Whitebark and fir. The island is accessible at this water level and the fish were jumping for dragonflies they were so big! We headed back and found the biking was good to the creek with a few scooches; afterwards it was walking to before the first talus field. Biking the remainder of the trail was a reminder of ski season as cruising down that trail on a bike was as fast as skis and almost as fun. What a great drainage we have so close to home with such a varied lot of opportunities during all seasons.

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