Still on my layover day, I passed a teenage boy and his grandfather camping near the dogleg neck of Wood Lake. They trekked in 12 miles the day before ~ ouch, that hurts! They were both fishing, more hackers like myself than fishing artist, and they said they were catching 10-12 inch trout in Wood Lake using spinning gear. I suspect Wood Lake and also Deer Lake are productive destinations for all including hackers.
Alpine Daisy & Bee
2 km from my camp before returning on my layover day I conversed with a pair of gents completely outfitted in fly fishing gear. They were camped at nearby Long Lake which is about 1/2 km long (north/south). They both had very long fly rods and were wearing chest height
Wood Lake Morning
waders. I knew from my last trip that Long Lake has access at both north and south ends, I learned from these gents that (I assume) with the aid of the waders you can travel (and fish) from north to south. It was at the south trail access I met them where they were hiking in their chest height waders to their north access campsite. I never asked how uncomfortable hiking was in that paraphernalia. They too commented at the difficult fishing this year.
Thursday, August 9
High Relief Valley
Thursday I packed up and tramped to High Relief Valley, a place I wanted to view. It was a short hiking day, about 5 miles. I chose the locale in part because it is a reasonable distance (8 miles) from the trailhead for the next day’s outing. When I reached the high meadow of the valley, I was treated to a carpet of blooming high mountain lupine and owls clover. Most everywhere else the wildflowers were past peak. Earlier in the season there must have
been a beautiful carpet of large yellow flowers, but these had now all gone to seed. The lakes in High Relief Valley are not named, but I would call it High Relief Swamp or Bog. Although they are granite formed lakes, they are surrounded by a wide and thick layer of tall grass and often wet soil. There were no good campsites, but at a nearby, age-worn, granite outcropping were small islands of flat ground where I found a windy, nearly treeless, and cold home for the night. I would not choose to camp there again. As a day trip, it would be worthwhile, especially if it is made as a loop starting from the east trail junction near Salt Lick Meadow and returning via the west trail junction near Whiteside Meadows - it is this direction which I believe provides the best experience.
Another Nice Mudhole
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