Thursday: 5 miles (4 miles of trail, 1 mile cross-county to Castle Lake and back) Elevation: Hike over Castle Divide 10000’ into Chamberlain basin 9200’and up to Heart Lake 9477’. Hope Lake is at 9850’. Lakes: Castle Lake & Upper Chamberlain Lakes (Heart, Honey & Hope) Fish: Golden Trout, Grayling & large Rainbow and Cutthroat trout.
It was time to make up for all the elevation we lost yesterday on the hike. We bottomed out at 8100’ yesterday and have to hike over 10,000’ Castle Divide to get into Chamberlain Basin. We started out in dense forests and topped out with small tundra like plants hugging the ground. Not a good place to be caught in a storm.
Hiking up to Castle Divide
On our way up we dropped our packs and hiked over to Castle Lake tucked away in its own small elevated basin. We had to cross a faint path across a very steep scree slope above some cliffs that plunged to the bottom. No room for mistakes. As we approached the slope we noticed rock bouncing down the side of the mountain. We looked up and saw what was causing the commotion. A few Mountain Goats were crossing the cliffs above us. We waited for them to pass and then made our