Ants Basin – home to a pack of wolves in recent years
As we started across Ants Basin and into Born Lakes I noticed a couple Mountain Goats. Rick and I watched as Justin climbed the hill to get pictures. It was also the first time my brothers had seen and heard a Pika. They look half rabbit half mouse.
I also had my mind on Devils Staircase which was also in view! Should we chance the steep, dangerous climb to get over into the next basin or go the long way into Four Lakes Basin and fish more lakes? We all decided to go the long way and fish more lakes even though it wasn’t much easier.
The Born Lakes were beautiful and the fishing for small cutthroat was easy pickings. It was a great place for “The Ricker” who is a novice fly fisherman to practice catching fish. After fishing 2 or 3 lakes, telling fish stories and eating lunch our attention was turned to the huge ridge to the east which would begin our 3.5 mile cross-country adventure. It was going to be cross-country until we reached Windy Devil Pass which leads down into the Upper Boulder Chain Lakes.
We began our slow walk up the slope. Lungs and legs were burning as we reached the 10,200’ saddle with peaks still well above slicing the clouds as they whipped by. This summit offered my favorite views of the trip as you could see forever in all directions.