Echo Lake and Greenwater Lakes

Monday, June 2, 2002: I selected this hike for the solitude, but we still saw 3 other hikers.

The elevation gain is small (about 2000 feet -- starting at 2000 FASL and rising to 400 FASL), but the hike was long!  We hiked a total of 17 miles this day.  For 14 of those miles, I carried a 30 pound backpack, buddy carried a 10 pound backpack, and Harley carried a 6 pound backpack.  1 of those miles was over ~4 feet of snow...on which I did much postholling.  We were all tired at the end of the day.

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PICT0688: At the trailhead.  7 miles to Echo Lake.

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PICT0689: Here we have arrived at Greenwater lakes.

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PICT0690: Buddy with his new red backpack.

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PICT0691: Buddy again.

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PICT0714: Entering the Norse Peak wilderness.

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PICT0692: Here we have arrived at Echo Lake.  Looking East across the lake at Arch Rock.

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PICT0693: Again looking East across the lake.

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PICT0694: The South end of Echo Lake.

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PICT0696: Snow apparently warped this tree.  The tip of the tree was buried in the snow until I walked on the snow and postholed over the tip.  The tip, released from the snow, then sprang up about 6 feet.

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PICT0699: Buddy, barking up the wrong tree.

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PICT0700: We relaxed here (the sound end of Echo Lake) while I read several chapters from my book.

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PICT0702: Duck in Echo Lake.

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PICT0703: Louisiana Saddle?

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PICT0704: Looking East across the lake again.

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PICT0705: Closeup of unnamed peak.

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PICT0706: Looking down the narrow Greenwater river.

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PICT0707: The tree in causing the rapids in the river had been floating parallel to the shore and next to the shore.  I accidentally stepped on it just enough that the current of the river quickly caught the tree and swept it away (until it got caught where you see it in this picture).

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PICT0708: Huge tree that has fallen partially over the lake.

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PICT0710: The same tree with from the tree's perspective.

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PICT0711: Same tree again.  This tree was huge...The top went far into the sky before it faded away from sight.