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Title: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on August 31, 2009, 04:41:51 PM
Last night (the 30th), I got home to Austin, ending a journey to, across, and back from Idaho's Sawtooth Wilderness. I left Austin on the 5th. In all, I drove nearly 5,400 miles and hiked or backpacked around 150 miles. The centerpiece of the trip was a 10-day trek in the Sawtooths, but there were also days, nights, and miles in Colorado NM, Grand Teton NP, and Yellowstone NP on the way up and Great Basin NP, Grand Canyon NP, and White Sands NM on the way back, to name a few.

This trip was epic in every way.

If last year's journey to Yosemite (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/nonbibe-trip-reports/yosemite-in-july-10day-backpack-itinerary-t5413.0.html) was epic in a life-changing way (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/06/empowered/), then this trip was simply epic for epic's sake. Or, perhaps better, epic for Creation's sake.

How does one begin to tell the tale of nearly a month away, experiencing the wonders of this world on foot and by car, a sprawling epic covering nearly 150 miles of trail and 5,400 miles of road? Which of the more than 2,500 photographs should start the story? What moments, whether of sweeping grandeur or intimate discovery, are the proper ones to summarize the totality of the experience? I’ve no idea.

It has not gone without pondering. Many, many miles of pondering, in fact, beginning from the moment my car rolled out of its parking spot at Grandjean, stirring for the first time in 10 days. The enormity of the trek is overwhelming, incapable of easy or effortless translation, unmoved by the desire to provide an instant answer to “How was your trip?” There were so many moments, so many images stamped indelibly onto my memory, from joyous to humbling to scary to serene, so many places and people and things.

It does not begin with the departure from Austin, a long, tedious day’s drive to Tucumcari, New Mexico, a downpayment of 596 miles toward the more than 2,500 to the trailhead at the base of the Sawtooths.

No, this tale will surely shrug off structure and order, as surely as the carefully planned itinerary seldom came to pass. It shall unfold like an unruly map, spilling its contents here and there and denying efforts to fold it neatly to a precise place of interest. It shall be long in the telling, befitting the length of its coming and going, filling almost an entire month and pushing away all other parts of the world. Mercurial like the weather, stately like the mountains, rambling like the streams, bursting in dazzling colors like the wildflowers, coyly hiding like the wildlife, these it should be.

So it begins with a single photo, taken in a single moment, atop an unnamed pass, at 9,290 feet, wedged along the knife edge running between Pt. 9,955 and Pt. 9,934, high above Imogene Lake, on whose spectacular shore I had spent the night before. It begins with a chance meeting of two locals, whose love of these mountains was clear and true. It begins on the 7th day of the backpack, the 14th day of the trip, at 10:50 a.m. MDT, at 9,290 feet in elevation, with this single photo, a downpayment for the epic to come.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/2030.jpg)
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: dkerr24 on August 31, 2009, 05:24:37 PM
Welcome back, Jeff!  I'm going to get the popcorn started for Homer, this should be a doozy of a trip report!
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: homerboy2u on August 31, 2009, 08:18:19 PM
And so the teasing begins, i can play along too. More beers and popcorn for every one here (on my tab)....... :icon_lol: :icon_lol:. Take your sweet time on this one.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: BigBendHiker on August 31, 2009, 09:06:11 PM
Hey, Jeff!
Looking forward to the report and additional pictures! 


BBH
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: chisos_muse on August 31, 2009, 09:08:28 PM
Blaylock with a doo-rag? This is gonna be great....

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/612904.gif)
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: SA Bill on August 31, 2009, 09:32:21 PM
I'm sucking wind just looking at that pic! Can't wait for the whole report!  :eusa_drool:
   Bill
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on August 31, 2009, 11:09:33 PM
Blaylock with a doo-rag? This is gonna be great....

Yeah, lost my hat on Day 2. Hip- and chest-high brush yanked it off the back of my pack. I noticed it missing at the end of the day. Since my thinning hair doesn't protect the scalp from the sun like it used to, I had to follow my hip-hop roots and brandish a 'do-rag for the first time in my life.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: mountaindocdanny on August 31, 2009, 11:24:15 PM
Twenty-five days! Wow! Now, I wonder if I can convince my wife that I need to put together a trip like that? Looking forward to experiencing some beautiful contry vicariously.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: Al on August 31, 2009, 11:44:37 PM
Twenty-five days! Wow! Now, I wonder if I can convince my wife that I need to put together a trip like that? Looking forward to experiencing some beautiful contry vicariously.

The mountain that will the toughest of all to climb, "convince my wife".  Thinking positive thoughts.  I am doing good to get a week a year.

Al
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on September 03, 2009, 01:24:05 AM
It  may be helpful to sketch out the trip before I describe it in detail, out of chronological order. So, here is a brief day-by-day account of the trip:

Wednesday, August 5. Drove 596 miles from Austin to Tucumcari, N. Mex., and stayed at a hotel there.
Thursday, August 6. Drove 484 miles from Tucumcari to Ouray, Colo., and stayed in site no. 12 of the Amphitheater Campground, Uncompahgre National Forest (8,400' elevation).
Friday, August 7. CrossFit workout at Hypoxia CrossFit in Ouray. Drove 326 miles from Ouray to site no. 2 of the Red Canyon Campground, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Ashley National Forest, Utah (7,400'), with stops at Canyon Pintado and Colorado NM.
Saturday, August 8. Drove 336 miles from Flaming Gorge NRA to site no. 5 of the Signal Mountain Campground, Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. (6,824'). Hiked String and Leigh Lake trails in the rain.
Sunday, August 9. Drove 158 miles from Grand Teton NP to site no. D147 of the Madison Campground, Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. (6,800'). Visited and hiked several geyser basins.
Monday, August 10. Drove 153 miles from Yellowstone NP to Bozeman, Mont. Visited Old Faithful in the park, the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, and hung out with Joe, a hiking blogger from Bozeman I've followed online for a couple of years.
Tuesday, August 11. Drove 466 miles from Bozeman to site no. 12 of the Grandjean Campground, Boise National Forest, Idaho (5,200'). Placed my resupply along the trail between Pettit Lake and Yellowbelly Lake on the eastern side of the Sawtooths.
Wednesday, August 12. Drove 0.2 miles to the Grandjean trailhead. Backpacked 10.1 miles from Grandjean trailhead up South Fork Payette Trail to a spot along the South Fork Payette River (6,224').
Thursday, August 13. Backpacked 11.4 miles along South Fork Payette River to Benedict Creek to Rock Slide Lake (8,664').
Friday, August 14. Backpacked 6.5 miles through the Ten Lake Basin to a short ridge separating Vernon and Edna Lakes (8,533').
Saturday, August 15. Backpacked 9.6 miles over Snowyside Pass to Toxaway Lake and over Sand Mountain Pass, camping at Alice Lake (8,631').
Sunday, August 16. Backpacked 15.3 miles to Pettit Lake, retrieving my resupply and swapping out gear/food/trash from my pack, to Hellroaring trailhead via a series of trails and forest roads, camping at the trailhead parking area (7,239').
Monday, August 17. Backpacked 6.1 miles up Hellroaring Creek to Hellroaring Lake and Imogene Lake, camping on that lake's south shore (8,489').
Tuesday, August 18. Backpacked 8.9 miles over three passes, resuming the main backpacking loop above Edna Lake, camping at Hidden Lake (8,617').
Wednesday, August 19. Backpacked 10.0 miles over Cramer Divide past the Cramer Lakes to Alpine Lake (8,375').
Thursday, August 20. Backpacked 10.9 miles over "Baron Divide" past the Baron Lakes to the confluence of North Fork Baron Creek and Baron Creek (5,755').
Friday, August 21. Backpacked 3.9 miles down Baron Creek and South Fork Payette River back to the Grandjean trailhead. Visited the hot springs. Drove 45 miles to Stanley, Idaho, staying in a lodge there.
Saturday, August 22. Dayhiked 8.3 miles to Goat Lake and back from the Iron Creek trailhead, explored shore of Redfish Lake, retrieved resupply canister from Pettit Lake, and drove 173 miles to Twin Falls, Idaho, staying in a hotel there.
Sunday, August 23. Drove 510 miles from Twin Falls to Ely, Nev., via Lamoille Canyon in the Ruby Mountains, staying in a casino hotel in downtown Ely.
Monday, August 24. Drove 108 miles from Ely to Great Basin NP, camping in site no. 16 of the Wheeler Peak Campground (9,886'). Dayhiked Alpine Lakes and a portion of Wheeler Peak trails.
Tuesday, August 25. Dayhiked Bristlecone Pines trail and toured Lehman Caves. Drove 264 miles from Great Basin NP to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah, camping at site no. 21 of the campground there (6,000').
Wednesday, August 26. Drove 156 miles from the state park to North Rim, Grand Canyon NP, camping in site no. 40 of the North Rim Campground (8,200'). Dayhiked some of the rim trails.
Thursday, August 27. Drove 5 miles to the North Kaibab Trailhead and back to the same camping site. Dayhiked 9.6 miles or so down the North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Spring and back to the trailhead (-/+ 3,300').
Friday, August 28. Drove 262 miles from the Grand Canyon to Sedona, Ariz., via Glen Canyon NRA, staying at a hotel in Sedona.
Saturday, August 29. Drove 666 miles from Sedona to Alamogordo, N. Mex., staying at a hotel there.
Sunday, August 30. Explored White Sands NM. Drove 686 miles from Alamogordo to Austin.

This is the rough sketch of where and when I passed by.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: oldfatman on September 03, 2009, 10:21:33 AM
WOW
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: Ay Chihuahua! on September 03, 2009, 11:16:31 AM
No, this tale will surely shrug off structure and order, as surely as the carefully planned itinerary seldom came to pass. It shall unfold like an unruly map, spilling its contents here and there and denying efforts to fold it neatly to a precise place of interest. It shall be long in the telling, befitting the length of its coming and going, filling almost an entire month and pushing away all other parts of the world. Mercurial like the weather, stately like the mountains, rambling like the streams, bursting in dazzling colors like the wildflowers, coyly hiding like the wildlife, these it should be.

Yo, Melville, less syrup, please.  :eusa_pray:

 :rolling:

Seriously, though...looking forward to hearing about your Odyssey.

Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: tjavery on September 03, 2009, 11:41:08 AM
This is the rough sketch of where and when I passed by.

And for the data geeks, here's what Jeff's SPOT was sending out:

Aug 3
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Time:08/03/2009 22:30:35 (US/Central)
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Aug 5
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Time:08/05/2009 21:08:27 (US/Central)
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Latitude:35.1545
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Time:08/05/2009 23:31:23 (US/Central)
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Aug 7
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Time:08/07/2009 21:11:39 (US/Central)
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Aug 8
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Time:08/08/2009 19:45:24 (US/Central)
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Aug 9
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Time:08/09/2009 20:30:39 (US/Central)
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Aug 10
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Time:08/10/2009 09:26:54 (US/Central)
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Time:08/10/2009 13:59:23 (US/Central)
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Aug 11
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Time:08/11/2009 17:33:58 (US/Central)
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Latitude:44.1469
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Time:08/11/2009 20:58:45 (US/Central)
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Aug 12
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Time:08/12/2009 12:59:10 (US/Central)
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Time:08/12/2009 16:19:03 (US/Central)
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Time:08/12/2009 20:30:10 (US/Central)
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Aug 13
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Time:08/13/2009 12:18:32 (US/Central)
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Time:08/13/2009 15:57:52 (US/Central)
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Time:08/13/2009 21:18:30 (US/Central)
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Aug 14
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Time:08/14/2009 14:05:32 (US/Central)
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Time:08/14/2009 19:11:13 (US/Central)
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Aug 15
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Time:08/15/2009 10:50:12 (US/Central)
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Time:08/15/2009 12:34:48 (US/Central)
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Time:08/15/2009 16:26:38 (US/Central)
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Time:08/15/2009 19:20:25 (US/Central)
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Aug 16
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Time:08/16/2009 10:36:10 (US/Central)
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Time:08/16/2009 13:54:20 (US/Central)
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Time:08/16/2009 20:14:42 (US/Central)
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Aug 17
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Time:08/17/2009 12:49:40 (US/Central)
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Time:08/17/2009 15:33:44 (US/Central)
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Time:08/17/2009 19:29:55 (US/Central)
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Aug 18
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Time:08/18/2009 11:25:18 (US/Central)
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Time:08/18/2009 13:04:48 (US/Central)
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Time:08/18/2009 15:08:55 (US/Central)
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Latitude:43.9988
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Time:08/18/2009 18:45:08 (US/Central)
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Aug 19
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Time:08/19/2009 10:19:40 (US/Central)
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Time:08/19/2009 12:23:09 (US/Central)
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Latitude:44.0703
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Time:08/19/2009 15:16:11 (US/Central)
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Time:08/19/2009 18:59:10 (US/Central)
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Time:08/20/2009 10:45:25 (US/Central)
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Time:08/20/2009 12:12:06 (US/Central)
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Latitude:44.1335
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Time:08/20/2009 19:47:09 (US/Central)
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Aug 21
Latitude:44.1324
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Time:08/21/2009 09:56:55 (US/Central)
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Latitude:44.1494
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Time:08/21/2009 10:57:56 (US/Central)
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Latitude:44.1604
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Time:08/21/2009 11:56:44 (US/Central)
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Latitude:44.2155
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Time:08/21/2009 13:32:19 (US/Central)
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Aug 22
Latitude:43.6815
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Time:08/22/2009 17:42:53 (US/Central)
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Latitude:42.5892
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Time:08/22/2009 20:31:56 (US/Central)
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Aug 23
Latitude:40.6504
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Time:08/23/2009 17:39:35 (US/Central)
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Time:08/23/2009 21:20:18 (US/Central)
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Aug 24
Latitude:39.0122
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Time:08/24/2009 22:02:24 (US/Central)
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Aug 25
Latitude:39.0057
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Time:08/25/2009 10:24:55 (US/Central)
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Latitude:37.0341
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Time:08/25/2009 20:35:56 (US/Central)
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Aug 26
Latitude:36.1221
Longitude:-111.9498
Time:08/26/2009 13:22:18 (US/Central)
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Latitude:36.2103
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Time:08/26/2009 21:29:12 (US/Central)
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Aug 27
Latitude:36.2106
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Time:08/27/2009 18:47:35 (US/Central)
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Aug 28
Latitude:36.8568
Longitude:-111.6039
Time:08/28/2009 11:41:06 (US/Central)
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Latitude:34.8718
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Time:08/28/2009 19:30:40 (US/Central)
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Aug 29
Latitude:34.2538
Longitude:-110.0292
Time:08/29/2009 13:03:19 (US/Central)
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Latitude:32.88
Longitude:-105.9594
Time:08/30/2009 00:44:40 (US/Central)
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Aug 30
Latitude:31.8465
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Time:08/30/2009 14:13:07 (US/Central)
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Latitude:30.3664
Longitude:-97.7321
Time:08/30/2009 21:13:41 (US/Central)
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Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: alcap on September 03, 2009, 12:51:10 PM
Thanks T.J, thats pretty much all we need. That sure saved Jeff a lot of time writing about his trip.  :icon_lol:
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: tjavery on September 03, 2009, 01:42:57 PM
Thanks T.J, thats pretty much all we need. That sure saved Jeff a lot of time writing about his trip.  :icon_lol:


No problemo. But personally, I'm looking foward to the Melville stuff :icon_wink:
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: bjbriggs on September 03, 2009, 01:49:22 PM
Jeff, That looked like a neat trip..... :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on September 03, 2009, 02:54:19 PM
TJ, thanks for collecting and posting all the Spot messages. I didn't include myself on the distribution, so I didn't get any of the messages. Looks like they all went through.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on September 05, 2009, 11:57:52 AM
The trails in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains are designed to provide access to dozens of beautiful lakes nestled beneath the craggy peaks. I hear the fishing is terrific, though I did not cast a single line. In fact, I got lots of strange looks when I answered “Do you fish?” in the negative, as if their unasked follow-up question were, “Then what are you doing here?”

This post highlights most of the named lakes I visited during the second and third days on the trail, plus the first lake of the fourth day. I add this last one because it was the last lake before the first major mountain pass. There were no lakes seen on the first day, but there are plenty more where these came from.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2031.jpg)

The first named lake I encountered was Elk Lake, a small, shallow lake along the South Fork Payette River. Located at around 6,700 feet of elevation, the lake is mostly hidden by the trees except for a clearing near its outlet. The meadow behind confirms the swampy nature of the area, and mosquitoes were abundant.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2033.jpg)

I left the South Fork Payette River trail at a junction with a trail heading upstream roughly along Benedict Creek. Benedict Lake (8,225′) is the first “real” lake along my path into these mountains. The lake dully reflected the bald pate of a shield-like unnamed peak behind it, but clouds were gathering, and a light sprinkle began off and on. I was planning on taking a side trail over a pass to two prettier lakes, but decided I didn’t want to get stuck on the pass if a storm developed. Instead, I continued on my trail toward the aptly named Tenlake Basin.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2034.jpg)

Rock Slide Lake is probably the single most appropriately named body of water in the Sawtooths. A large rock slide flows into the lake’s southern end, down from an unnamed peak. I camped here for the second night, joined by thousands of mosquitoes but no people. In fact, I hadn’t seen a person all day. The clouds broke up just enough to permit the sun to light the slide softly while cotton balls glided by overhead. I retreated to my hammock before sunset. My pastime was flicking mosquitoes off the taut netting over the hammock. They made a satisfying thud when they hit the canopy.

Shortly after sunset, the clouds returned, and it rained for most of the night. The new canopy — much larger and easier to deploy than the old one — provided plenty of cover, keeping me and my gear dry, even as I packed everything up the next rainy morning. There were well-timed breaks in the bad weather, though.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2035.jpg)

I’m not sure what contributed most to Lake Ingeborg’s incredible scenic quality. The entire shoreline was covered with blooming, mostly purple wildflowers. The lake was lined by serrated peaks streaked by deep gullies and rock fields. The clouds opened up just enough to let some sun shine through. The mosaic of rocks in the shallows were uniformly white and rectangular, like a sunken library of books. The water reflected the mountains and clouds.

My admiration ended quickly, though, as the rain returned. It would stick around for the next couple of hours, at first just an off-and-on drizzle, eventually as a steady shower.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2036.jpg)

Similar to, but far less spectacular than, Rock Slide Lake, this unnamed body of water near the Spangle Lakes features a jagged peak and a couple of chutes of rocky debris above water nearly 9,000 feet above sea level. Dark clouds hung over the scene, so I didn’t linger, descending instead to its larger cousins.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2037.jpg)

By this point, the rain was starting to fall in earnest. I crossed the outlet stream over this logjam, most of which was solid, and picked my way up the divide separating the Spangle Lakes from Tenlake Basin. Along the way, I found shelter under several huge spruce trees, where I had a bite to eat and got to stay dry without my hood and umbrella shielding me. Once over the divide, the rain stopped, but the clouds remained, touching the mountaintops.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2038.jpg)

I believe that is Glen’s Peak (10,053′) shrouded in clouds across the near shoreline of Ardeth Lake, one of the largest high mountain lakes in the Sawtooths. Popular with horse parties, Ardeth Lake has numerous campsites along its northwest shore, and I stopped here for a long lunch, hoping the rain would stay away. From here, I hiked a fairly short distance to Vernon Lake, pictured at the top of this post, and onward to a high saddle separating it from larger Edna Lake. I hoped the higher, dry land would have fewer mosquitoes, which happily turned out to be the case. A short walk down to Vernon Lake provided a stunning view of Pt. 9105 and Pt. 9941 at sunset.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2039.jpg)

From my campsite itself, I had tree-obstructed views of both lakes. I spent the time before sunset along Vernon Lake’s short and did not venture over to Edna Lake until the next morning.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2040.jpg)

This was the view along Edna Lake on the fourth morning of my hike. I’d be back to this very spot a few days later, after retrieving my resupply. Turning away from the beautiful reflection of the mountains and the sun-tinged pines, I started the long climb up Sand Mountain Pass, where spectacular views awaited.

Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: russco on September 06, 2009, 05:32:43 PM
Haven't been chatting on the BBC Boards in a while. Glad I stopped back in...Always enjoy reading your well penned reports! Cheerio! :eusa_clap:
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on September 07, 2009, 05:03:03 PM
A month of sunsets (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/09/a-month-of-sunsets-from-the-road/)

Couple of pics here, rest in the link above:

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2048.jpg)
Imogene Lake in Idaho

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2050.jpg)
Alpine Lake in Idaho

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2053.jpg)
North Rim of the Grand Canyon
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: mountaindocdanny on September 09, 2009, 11:38:40 AM
I love the shot of Imogene. Nice symmetry!
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: Undertaker on September 09, 2009, 01:33:51 PM
Can't wait for the rest of the photos and trip report, I am damn near retired and can't figure how to take that much time away from the honeydo's.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: homerboy2u on September 09, 2009, 08:31:27 PM
Can't wait for the rest of the photos and trip report, I am damn near retired and can't figure how to take that much time away from the honeydo's.

  :rolling: :rolling:...well i am a far cry from retirement right now,but i was thinking the same thing. Anyhow,cheers and more power to you,Jeff.. :icon_lol:. Life in the single lane,still has it's perks.

 BTW,i'm running out of pretzels and beers for these people here......
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: chisos_muse on September 09, 2009, 08:56:24 PM
Hey now gentlemen, being single and being married both have their good & bad. Ya can't have everything!  :eusa_hand:  Well, maybe Randell, but that's it!  :rolling:
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on September 09, 2009, 11:42:08 PM
(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2057.jpg)

Snowyside Peak (left) reflects in the still waters of gorgeous Toxaway Lake, one of the Sawtooths' most breathtaking bodies of water.

This second post highlighting the lakes of the Sawtooth Mountains covers the middle three days of the backpack, roughly following the Pettit-Hellroaring route, but beginning and ending at Sand Mountain Pass. The trail down from the pass provides spectacular views of Toxaway Lake (Photos from the pass will be presented in a future post.). Unfortunately, I was not able to camp at this lake; I had to press on over a second pass, Snowyside, and on to the beautiful lakes beyond.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2058.jpg)

The trail heading up the flank of Snowyside Peak passes three increasingly larger, unnamed lakes. The last of these, labeled as Lake 8,779 on the USGS quad, sits directly beneath the pyramidal summit of 10,651-foot Snowyside Peak. The pass is between this peak and the unnamed high point (Pt. 10,052) about 600 vertical feet and 0.75 mile from this lake. The trail stays above the lake, but provides a striking view of its blue water beneath the gray mountain.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2059.jpg)

Once over the pass, the first sight is of the spectacular Twin Lakes backed by a line of unnamed peaks. The further lake is actually 4 feet higher than the nearer lake, and they are separated by a narrow strip of rock lined with pines. The trail switchbacks down a slope of rubble and rocks, a taste of which appears in the lower left of the frame. The trail traverses it in a long arc which stays above the lakes. Once on the canyon floor, another trail backtracks to the lakes, while I stayed on the main trail to my goal for the day, Alice Lake.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2060.jpg)

This peak has a name: El Capitan. At 9,901 feet in elevation, it looms 1,300 feet above the lake and collects light from the setting sun to grand effect. Alice Lake is one of the more popular lakes in the Sawtooths. I picked a camping spot near the shore without realizing another group had set up their fishing camp less than 50 feet away, but we kept quiet and didn’t disturb each other. A couple of other fishermen arrived before sunrise to cast flies.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2061.jpg)

The next day was Hiker Christmas. I hiked down the trail to Pettit Lake, retrieved my bear cannister full of provisions and clean socks, and had my daily hot meal at a campsite down by the shore. The photo above was actually taken several days later, when I retrieved the bear cannister now filled with trash and some gear I chose not to carry the rest of the way. Pettit Lake was actually the first lake in the Sawtooths I visited, having come here to drop off the resupply. Pettit is the only lake on the trek which is reachable by car, so personal watercraft were dotting the lake and cabins lined the far shore. Parks Peak is the most prominent mountain in the background.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2062.jpg)

From Pettit Lake, the poorly designed trail steeply climbs, briefly traverses, and steeply descends into the Yellowbelly drainage, passing swampy McDonald Lake. I put my raingear on as the clouds gathered and drops began to fall. Mosquitoes were especially prevalent here. I did not linger, as I still had miles to go to reach the Hellroaring drainage. Many of those miles were along a maze of jeep roads, but I eventually found my way to Hellroaring Creek. The lakes upstream would make the tedious trek worthwhile.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2063.jpg)

Hellroaring Lake sits beneath 10,716-foot Mt. Cramer (left), around which I would walk, and the aptly named Finger of Fate, the prominent rock spire on the right.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2064.jpg)

A long climb gains more than 1,000 feet to the last major lake of this part of the loop, Imogene Lake, which sits beneath Mt. Cramer. This photo was taken from a beautiful rock outcrop near the lake outlet. I shared this spot with three hikers before hiking a short distance along the southern shore to a beautiful campsite. My plan was to summit Mt. Cramer the next day but decided against it, a moment of common sense prevailing over bravado. Instead, I would cover a pair of unnamed mountain passes before once again crossing Sand Mountain Pass and returning to the shore of Lake Edna.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on September 17, 2009, 11:34:36 PM
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If you find yourself entering Bliss, there are three things you should keep in mind:

So drive slow, with your vehicle's regular brakes, and be thankful you’ve finally found your way to Bliss.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on September 22, 2009, 12:36:04 AM
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Predawn scene from my campsite at Alice Lake, where, about 10 hours earlier, I had my first encounter with a mountain lion.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: mule ears on September 22, 2009, 07:54:46 AM
... where, about 10 hours earlier, I had my first encounter with a mountain lion.


And the rest of the story about that lion?  :eusa_whistle: and a picture of it for Homero  :icon_biggrin:
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on September 23, 2009, 11:51:12 PM
Not much to tell about the lion. It was sunning itself on a boulder as I came around a corner. We saw each other, I jumped back, and it jumped down into some brush between me and the boulder. I picked a path up the hillside to avoid going past its new hiding place. I wasn't sure if there were any mountain lions there, so I asked a ranger later about it. He said, "You mean a cougar? Yeah, the mountains are full of them." I replied, "We call them mountain lions in Texas. 'Cougars' mean something altogether different."
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on September 23, 2009, 11:57:28 PM
The next few pics come from a dayhike I took to Goat Lake the day after my backpacking trek ended. It wasn't originally something I was planning on visiting, but several locals raved about it. One said it got its name because you have to be a goat to reach it.

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Pt. 10,084 (left) and Williams Peak, as seen from above Goat Creek

The trail ends about 1/3 mile before, and 600 feet below, the lake outlet. A steep climb up several chutes and then a difficult boulder hop are needed to reach the lake.

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This is the view just after hopping the creek, still 100+ feet below the lake.

Goat Lake is breathtaking and very much worth the effort to reach it.

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(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/20691.jpg)

More details on the hike here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/09/goat-lake/).
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: Al on September 24, 2009, 12:18:48 AM
This shot is surreal.  Extremely well done!

(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/Blaylock_Surreal_Shot_Sept09.jpg)

Al
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on September 24, 2009, 01:04:19 AM
This shot is surreal. Extremely well done!
Al

Thanks Al. Goat Lake definitely had a surreal quality about it. Very much worth the trouble to get to.

BTW, the Goat Lake photos are on the previous page, right above the break. Worth checking out if you, like me, head straight for the most recent posts and sometimes miss the ones above the page break.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on September 24, 2009, 01:10:21 AM
I'm going to switch gears for a moment, as it is raining in Austin (no complaints here) and will be rainy again tomorrow, and it has been a month since the photos below were taken.

I had Lamoille Canyon circled on a map even before I'd settled on the Sawtooths as a destination. Dubbed the Yosemite of Nevada, this place has the double bonus of being in the middle of nowhere and part of the forest service, so it's completely off people's radars. Almost everyone I've talked to about my trip -- planning, during, or after -- has never heard of it. The canyon is high in the Ruby Mountains, thousands of feet above the sagebrush Great Basin Desert.

I couldn't tell you how spectacular it is. This is all I saw of it:

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That last photo was taken from inside my car, parked at the campsite I had reserved months earlier, and then abandoned. The only thing I could do that would keep me and my gear dry was to drive, so I headed toward Great Basin National Park. This was the most disappointing day of the trip. Worse, because Lamoille Canyon is in the middle of nowhere, I may never get back to it. More details here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/09/rainy-lamoille-canyon/).
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: mule ears on September 24, 2009, 07:23:38 AM
I had Lamoille Canyon circled on a map even before I'd settled on the Sawtooths as a destination. Dubbed the Yosemite of Nevada, this place has the double bonus of being in the middle of nowhere and part of the forest service, so it's completely off people's radars. Almost everyone I've talked to about my trip -- planning, during, or after -- has never heard of it. The canyon is high in the Ruby Mountains, thousands of feet above the sagebrush Great Basin Desert.


Jeff, it is on my radar screen, has been for years. I hope to get out there and walk the Ruby crest trail sometime. You are right, it is in the middle of no where. Sorry you didn't get to see it, I would have loved to see the pictures.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: homerboy2u on September 24, 2009, 10:02:20 AM
Never say never,guys....if you want it,you will get it. I know of this....

  Jeff, i assume that you took your hammock,but when your done with your TR,can you share with us what you took for hiking and camping gear?.

Saludos

Homero
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on September 26, 2009, 07:10:02 AM
Never say never,guys....if you want it,you will get it. I know of this....

  Jeff, i assume that you took your hammock,but when your done with your TR,can you share with us what you took for hiking and camping gear?.

Saludos

Homero

Will do - that is in the works as we speak.

More lakes:

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2079.jpg)
Edna Lake, for the second time

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2081.jpg)
Hidden Lake

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2082.jpg)
Upper Cramer Lake

More here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/09/lakes-of-the-sawtooths-part-3/)
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: russco on September 26, 2009, 10:19:51 AM
Grat report Jeff...that Goat Lake looks awesome. Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: sleepy on September 26, 2009, 05:55:26 PM
Enjoyable as usual, Jeff.  Lucky you to be wandering so much.  Thanks for all the words and pictures.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: lparent on October 10, 2009, 10:42:07 PM
Except for Las Vegas and Reno, all of Nevada is off people's radar.  I hope it stays that way.  I've poked around there several times, hiking to alpine lakes and bristlecone pines at Great Basin National Park, photographing ghost towns that were truly ghostly (unlike Terlingua!), shooting an icy sunrise in -10 degree weather in January, climbing Boundary Peak, the highest peak in the state, with a buddy and not another soul in site.  If you think Big Bend is empty, go to Nevada.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on October 12, 2009, 12:16:34 AM
Several updates available on my blog (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/index.php) -- some highlight pics here:

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2090.jpg)
Upper Baron Lake

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2091.jpg)
Baron Lake

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2089.jpg)
Baron Lakes from Baron Divide

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Me at Toxaway Lake

More here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/10/lakes-of-the-sawtooths-part-4/) and here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/10/i-love-me-post-idaho-edition/)

From other stops on the trip ... first up, Lehman Caves in Great Basin NP, and I agree with lparent that the whole of Nevada is largely undiscovered.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2094.jpg)
The Grand Palace

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2097.jpg)
The Parachute

More on Lehman Caves here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/10/lehman-caves/)

And my return to Yellowstone for the first time since 2002:

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2124.jpg)
The Main Terrace at Mammoth

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2119.jpg)
Sapphire Pool

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2120.jpg)
First bald eagle seen in the wild

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2125.jpg)
Simultaneous eruptions of Old Faithful and Beehive Geyser

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2130.jpg)
Grizzly bear at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/21311.jpg)
And a wolf

More here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/10/return-to-yellowstone-part-2/)
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: tjavery on October 12, 2009, 08:20:56 AM
Yep, great stuff as usual. Nice work! Really makes me want to visit more of the west.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: TexasAggieHiker on October 12, 2009, 10:01:51 AM
 :eusa_clap:  Your pictures never cease to amaze me.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: Undertaker on October 12, 2009, 11:15:28 AM
Love the lake photo Jeff, reminds me of a photo a friend of mine had years ago, had it blown up framed and hung is a manner that allowed him to hang it right side up or down. Had to take a double take every time you walked into his entry hall, tough to tell which was which.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on October 16, 2009, 01:01:03 AM
Thanks everyone.

Just one photo for tonight, sunrise at Wheeler Peak campground in Great Basin NP.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2141.jpg)

We think of Big Bend as remote and light on visitors. Great Basin is more remote and lighter. According to the latest NPS visitation report, Big Bend has seen 250,000 visitors so far this year. Great Basin is just shy of 75,000 visitors. If you're ever anywhere near Ely, Nev. (and there's no reason you would be), visit Great Basin. It is like Big Bend, but higher, and the central mountain is over 13,000 feet high. The park features incredible caverns and some of the oldest trees in North America. There's even a glacier.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on October 19, 2009, 01:18:20 AM
Pics from the trail over Sand Mountain Pass (1st of 2 crossings of this spectacular pass):

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2134.jpg)
Approaching the pass from Edna Lake

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Sand Mountain -- looks very different from the granite peaks surrounding it

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2135.jpg)
Looking back to the west northwest

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Sand Mountain Pass, seen from just to the east

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2137.jpg)
First glimpse of Toxaway Lake

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2138.jpg)
Toxaway Lake and Snowyside Peak

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Reflection in Toxaway Lake

More info here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/10/sand-mountain-pass/)
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on October 26, 2009, 10:52:30 PM
More pics from remote Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada:

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2176.jpg)

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2177.jpg)

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2178.jpg)
Wheeler Peak is home to Nevada's only glacier

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2179.jpg)
Stella Lake

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2180.jpg)
This tree first took root around 100 BC

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2181.jpg)

More here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/10/wheeler-peak-and-ancient-pines/)
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on November 10, 2009, 10:23:09 PM
Slowly chugging along ....

My day in the Tetons was a rainy one:

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2188.jpg)

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2190.jpg)

More here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/11/rainy-day-in-the-tetons/)
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on November 10, 2009, 10:26:10 PM
Wildflowers were blooming all over the Sawtooths. Here are a few:

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2113.jpg)

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(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2195.jpg)

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(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2203.jpg)

More here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/11/wildflowers-of-the-sawtooths/)
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: Goldilocks on November 10, 2009, 10:27:49 PM
Rainy and cloudy but still beautiful! The Tetons are on my bucket list.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: Al on November 10, 2009, 11:31:49 PM
Great flower shots especially including those on your website.  Still G9ing?

Al

PS That Cross Fit stuff looks painful!
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on November 17, 2009, 10:46:26 PM
BACKPACKING DAY 1: SOUTH FORK PAYETTE RIVER

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My adventure across the Sawtooths began at the Grandjean trailhead of the range’s western side. The plan was to acclimate to the terrain slowly by taking a long, gradual ascent up the South Fork Payette River to Benedict Creek up to the Tenlake Basin. My goal for that first day, August 12, was 14 miles to Smith Falls, one of two significant waterfalls along the river. But the terrain and trails proved more challenging than I’d imagined, and I barely made 10 miles that first day.

In my notebook, I described that first day as “forgettable.” The South Fork Payette River Trail “is overgrown & frequently impeded with downed trees.” I later noted, “Curious that the SFP and Benedict Creek trails rarely see their namesakes.”

This is a typical stretch of the trail, which happens to be blocked by three fallen trees:

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A long, tough first day, covering 10 miles and gaining a little over 1,000 feet. More here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/11/south-fork-payette-river-trail/)
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: randell on November 17, 2009, 10:52:53 PM
Absolutely gorgeous photography Jeff!
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: homerboy2u on November 18, 2009, 09:43:46 AM
No trails, at least none that i see....Rugged all the way. :eusa_clap:
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on November 24, 2009, 11:24:20 PM
BACKPACKING DAY 2: BENEDICT CREEK TO MOUNT EVERLY

The second day of my backpacking trek across the Sawtooth Wilderness would get me to the high country and, eventually, out of the long slog through the thick vegetation and fallen trees that marked the previous “forgettable” day. It would also be a day during which I would see more bears than people.

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In addition to a black bear, the day featured two waterfalls, several lakes, a ford, some rain, and lots of mosquitoes.

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The long day ended on the shore of aptly named Rock Slide Lake:

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2034.jpg)

Complete description and more photos here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/11/benedict-creek-to-mount-everly/)
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on December 04, 2009, 11:37:28 PM
BACKPACKING DAY 3: TO TENLAKE BASIN

Rain, rain, rain. This was the wettest day on the trail.

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(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/2232.jpg)

But the sun came out to play occasionally.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/2233.jpg)

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/2231.jpg)

More photos and details here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/12/rainy-hike-to-tenlake-basin/)
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on December 09, 2009, 11:36:13 PM
BACKPACKING DAY 4: SAND MOUNTAIN AND SNOWYSIDE PASSES

The fourth day of my 10-day backpacking trek saw me hike over a pair of mountain passes, 9,303-foot Sand Mountain Pass and 9,435-foot Snowyside Pass, in order to cross the Sawtooths and reach the canyon where my resupply waited. The day began at Edna Lake, gained 900 feet to Sand Mountain Pass, lost 700 feet to Toxaway Lake, gained 1,100 feet to Snowyside Pass, and finally lost 900 feet to Alice Lake over about 9 miles.

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Approaching Sand Mountain Pass

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Sand Mountain -- looks unlike any other peak in the Sawtooths

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2135.jpg)
View looking back from the pass

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View looking forward from the pass. That's Toxaway Lake.

More on Sand Mountain Pass here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/10/sand-mountain-pass/)

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Snowyside Peak from Toxaway Lake

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Looking back from just below the pass

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View looking forward from the pass. Those are the Twin Lakes.

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Forbidding mountains across from the pass

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El Capitan from near the pass

More on Snowyside Pass here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/12/snowyside-pass/)

On approach to Alice Lake, I saw a mountain lion, my first in the wild. Suffice it to say, we scared each other. It jumped off the boulder where it was sunning itself, into the brush between that boulder and me. In turn, I gave it a wide berth, picking a path up the hillside to avoid a confrontation with the hiding animal.

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El Capitan and Alice Lake at sunset
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on January 04, 2010, 01:12:28 AM
BACKPACKING DAY 5: PETTIT LAKE TO HELLROARING THRAILHEAD

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My fifth day on the trail was the longest, beginning with a hike to a waiting resupply and ending with a long slog along a lonely forest road, 15.2 miles total. “Everything hurts,” I wrote that evening.

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(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/2259.jpg)

More pics and details here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/12/pettit-lake-to-hellroaring-trailhead/)

BACKPACKING DAY 6: HELLROARING TO IMOGENE LAKE

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Clouds and Mt. Cramer are reflected in Imogene Lake.

August 17 was my sixth day on the trail, the first following a successful resupply. I was eager to return to the Sawtooth Wilderness and the high country. The previous day’s long slog along forest roads and badly designed trails would be redeemed by the trail ahead, I believed, and the miserable evening at the Hellroaring trailhead would be quickly forgotten, I kept telling myself. This day totally redeemed the decision and death march to get here.

When I woke up, the thermometer fob I’d attached to my hammock said it was 24 degrees, the coldest morning on the trail. As the sun was already up, I assume it was even colder in the dead of night. Fortunately, my hammock set-up and insulation kept me warm enough. Warm enough in fact that I got back into my hammock and slept another couple of hours. I knew it would be a relatively short day hiking-wise. Turns out the extra sleep was very restorative, and a great decision.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/2282.jpg)
The Finger of Fate

I had the northern shore of Imogene Lake to myself. It was spectacular, with great views of the lake's islands and a beautiful sunset too.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/2284.jpg)

More pics and details here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2009/12/hellroaring-to-imogene-lake/)
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on January 24, 2010, 02:18:12 AM
Eventually, I'll get this story finished .....

BACKPACKING DAY 7: IMOGENE LAKE TO HIDDEN LAKE

A beautiful sunrise:

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2316.jpg)

Two (or three, depending on one's perspective) mountain passes stood between me and my destination, Hidden Lake, a beautiful sight set in a narrow chasm beneath Payette Peak.

First, a last look at Mount Cramer reflected in Imogene Peak's still waters.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2324.jpg)

The climb to the first pass:

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2318.jpg)

Looking back at that first pass:

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2322.jpg)

Payette Peak and Hidden Lake, as seen from my campsite:

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2081.jpg)

More photos and details here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2010/01/imogene-lake-to-hidden-lake/)
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: BigBendHiker on January 24, 2010, 08:30:40 AM
Thanks, Jeff!  Keep 'em coming!


BBH
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on January 31, 2010, 02:07:05 AM
Thanks, Jeff!  Keep 'em coming!


BBH

Coming soon. And I owe Homero a gear list.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on January 31, 2010, 02:10:36 AM
BACKPACKING DAY 9: CRAMER DIVIDE TO ALPINE LAKE

This was the day "backpacking fatigue" set in, and hordes of flies too.

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Jagged teeth wrapping around to the southeast from Cramer Divide

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500 feet above Hidden Lake

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2330.jpg)
The Temple

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Pt. 10,579, Mt. Cramer and the Arrowhead

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/2050.jpg)
Sunset from Alpine Lake

More photos and details here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2010/01/cramer-divide-to-alpine-lake/#more-3619)
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: 01ACRViper on February 01, 2010, 12:04:07 AM
i dont get down to this forum enough, will read this tomorrow. sounds epic!
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on February 06, 2010, 02:58:54 AM
BACKPACKING DAY 10: ALPINE LAKE TO BARON CREEK

Unsure if I could finish the route as planned, I faced an immediate 900 foot gain, then a 3,600 foot loss.

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Reflection in Upper Baron Lake

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Monte Verita and Baron Lake

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Baron Creek Canyon

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Baron Creek, near my 9th campsite

More photos and details here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2010/02/alpine-lake-to-baron-creek/).
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: randell on February 08, 2010, 11:39:08 PM
I hope you are making a photo book of this trip!  You have enough awesome pics to make a winner!
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on February 14, 2010, 12:21:16 AM
I hope you are making a photo book of this trip!  You have enough awesome pics to make a winner!

I should. Since I've entered the digital age, I've hardly printed a single photo.  :icon_cry:
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on February 14, 2010, 12:24:26 AM
The backpacking portion of the trip ended anticlimactically with a short hike down from the confluence of Baron Creek and its north fork to Grandjean. A few photos:

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Sunrise from my last campsite on the trail

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Trail Creek

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South Fork Payette River and Grandjean Peak

More photos and details here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2010/02/baron-creek-to-grandjean/)
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on February 14, 2010, 12:28:50 AM
Overall, I stayed in 17 campsites over 18 nights -- the only repeat was the North Rim of the Grand Canyon -- covering six states.

Highlights:

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Glen Canyon

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Between Vernon and Edna Lakes in the Sawtooths

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Imogene Lake in the Sawtooths

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Alpine Lake in the Sawtooths

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North Rim Campground in Grand Canyon NP

More photos and details here (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/2010/02/idaho-trip-campsites/)
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: mountaindocdanny on April 07, 2010, 11:50:19 AM
How was the North rim CG? We stayed there in October 2006 before the North Rim fire. We loved it then, golden aspen with few other visitors. I wass under the impression that some of the campground burned in the fires a few years ago.

-Danny
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: jeffblaylock on April 07, 2010, 12:08:23 PM
How was the North rim CG? We stayed there in October 2006 before the North Rim fire. We loved it then, golden aspen with few other visitors. I wass under the impression that some of the campground burned in the fires a few years ago.

-Danny

In fact, there had been a fire on the North Rim just a couple of weeks before I got there (the Aspen fire):

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It shut down the main road, which was damaged and being repaired when I was there, and there were still pockets of smoldering debris scattered around.

As for the CG, I didn't notice any significant burn damage, but I definitely didn't notice any aspen trees. To me, it looked like a typical "industrial" campground in a big popular national park, and it was fairly crowded. The photo of my campsite shown in a previous post was taken to minimize the number of neighbors in the shot.
Title: Re: The Sawtooth Redemption
Post by: iCe on May 24, 2010, 09:45:35 AM
Coming soon. And I owe Homero a gear list.

I wouldn't mind seeing that gear list too.

What an awesome trip...