Tuesday, September 02, 2008

AUGUST 24, 2008








6 Comments:

Blogger Randal Graves said...

What beautiful country. Hope there's no oil there. :)

8:02 AM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

Fine photos of that beautiful country, too.

12:41 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Nice stuff, Snave.

4:38 PM  
Blogger PTCruiser said...

Wow! Breathtaking. Great job on the photos.

8:02 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Nice photos.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Baldy Lake is in the Elkhorn Range in NE Oregon, not far from where I live. It takes about 90 minutes to drive to the trailhead.

The lake is only about 1 1/2 miles from the trailhead, but the trailhead is kind of a bear to get to. You would need a 4WD vehicle with good clearance to get you around some high spots and mudholes. But it's worth it!

The ridgetop is about 7400-7500 feet above sea level, and the lake is 7100, so there is not enough elevation difference to make it a tough hike. It's about 30-35 minutes down to the lake, about 45 minutes out.

Mt. Ireland (el. about 8300) is in the center of the fourth picture. A few summers ago a friend and I went to the top from Baldy Lake. We went up along the right edge of the diagonal rock slide just to the left of and below the peak. At the top we saw all kinds of birds of prey, and some mountain goats too! There is a lookout on the mountaintop, and the person manning it had names for all the ground squirrels to which he fed peanuts with an elaborate device made from a fishing pole and clothespins.

Fishing in this lake might be good if you were able to get out into the middle of it. I have heard of some good-sized trout being taken, but on two trips here my friends have not caught anything.

3:54 PM  

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