Sky High Lakes Basin

Another weekend, another snowy lake basin. I couldn’t do much of anything on Saturday since it was rainy everywhere in the area. I saw a window of opportunity today when I looked at the weather map and saw that there were little to no clouds south of the Oregon border. I decided head south to tackle one of the longer hikes in the Marble Mountains Wilderness, Sky High Lakes.

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Grace blends in with the leaves — a very fall complexion she has

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Some fungus

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Grace loves snow. At first sight, she has to roll on it.

As I climbed higher, the fog got thicker. I didn’t know what to do with my camera because the wind kept spittling all over the lens and camera body, so I just took off my hat and wrapped the camera up when I wasn’t taking a picture. Still, it was difficult to get clear pictures with all that moisture blowing around.

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Some lovely stairs that I got to climb up

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Senior portait moment

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Gate Lake, around 5.5 miles in

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The closer I got to the lakes, the wetter it became

When Lower Sky High Lake came into view, the wind was pelting me with all sorts of ice and water. At that point, I couldn’t really see any trail, so I just made my way to the other lakes via GPS.

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Lower Sky High Lake

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Frying Pan Lake (handle on far side of lake)

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Upper Sky High Lake

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Although the weather makes it challenging to hike at the end of October and into November, whenever I can endure the cold misty rains, there is always a great payoff.

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I don’t know how this happened, but I could see a patch of clear sky from under the clouds I was walking through. Crazy!

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Perseverance

If you’re curious about this hike’s stats, here you go:

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13.17 miles, 2316 ft elevation gain, 4 hrs and 57 mins

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