Mt. Wesley Traverse.

Jackie is still in Patagonia so Rich, Xhosa and I decided to tackle the Mt. Wesley Traverse. This trail is the ridgeline over the top of the mountains across from Cameron Lake.

Trail sign from rail line.

Trail sign from rail line.

We met at the east side of Cameron Lake between the two bridges and left my truck there, and drove to Cathereral Grove where we parked at the yellow gate to start.  After the second waterfront house there is flagging where the trail goes up to the rail line, which is long out of use.  After a short walk east is the sign to head up the mountain.

Trail intersection. I've been through here to Horn Lake before.

Trail intersection. I’ve been through here to Horn Lake before.

After 26 minutes of walking North we came to the intersection where we turned East.  When you look at the mountain range from the highway this is the lowest pass along the Lake.

Steep bits.

Steep bits.

This is a mountain hike so there are s few steeper bits.  Xhosa did well despite her paws not being able to work the ropes well…

Winter at higher elevations.

Winter at higher elevations.

The higher we got the colder it was.  We had snow also.  Awesome fast hiking weather.

Rich in front of North end Cameron Lake.

Rich in front of  the North end of Cameron Lake.

We eventually came across awesome view points.

High country pond.

High country pond.

Many different eco-systems on this trek.  We even heard a pond of frogs croaking.

Angel Rock below.

Angel Rock below.

The best lookout is across from Angle Rock. Very windy and cold here so we didn’t stay long.

Castilleja miniata.

Castilleja miniata.

One lonely Paintbrush struggling on the exposed rock.

Bench over East end of Cameron Lake.

Bench over East end of Cameron Lake.

This lookout is a quick walk up from the east side of the lake.  Some people went to a lot of work to put a bench here for us…

Last tricky crossing for Xhosa.

Last tricky crossing for Xhosa.

Back at where we left the truck, 4:45 including breaks.  I’ll do this hike again.

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