There is another lake a mile beyond Upper Blossom Lake. I thought it would be interesting to show some of the trail to it as it climbs up and over a ridge which, at 6,500 feet, goes through a few remaining snowbanks before it drops down to Pear Lake.
The snow on the trail will most likely be gone in a couple more weeks, then it won’t be long until the first snows of fall start. This is a wonderful time to hike in the high country but something warm to wear must be in your pack just in case.
What a neat trail that is! These are the first photos you have posted that show how dark the forest can be there. I was going to ask about the red flowers, but see someone has. I am sure you didn’t miss seeing them.
The trail to the lower lake was well maintained, but farther up it wasn’t. Sadly, this Ranger District is down to one trail crew this summer and with only one it’s just not possible to take care of all of the trails. They attempt to use their fire crews for trail work in spring and early summer before fire season, but that usually doesn’t work out very well. Interestingly, the wildlife also uses the trails a lot and their hooves actually help keep the tread of the trail clear.
I take her on a lot of walks and hikes near home, but not in bear country or on the longer mountains hikes. She loves it, but requires a lot of attention when we are hiking. On a hike not far from the house she tangled with a coyote a few months ago and had a pretty good bite mark on her behind.
I’m pleased that you enjoy the trail photos, Matti! I know you would enjoy seeing these places because of your love for nature. The roadless areas are very natural and have not been altered by man other that by a few foot and horse trails into them.