On June 22nd and 23rd, several of the scouts going to Philmont went on a training hike up to Carl Lake, covering about 15 miles over two days.
We had Gareth d, Sean M, and Thomas R. In addition, we had Alan M and Dave R as adults.
Our route took us past Cabot Lake and then up to Carl Lake. In the morning, we left our packs behind, and climbed the ridge to get a look at Mt. Jefferson.
An interactive version of this map, with arial photos, is available at MicroSoft's Terraserver.
|Mt. Jefferson pops in and out of view as we move through the valleys.||There were lots of small butterflys or moths running around. This rock, on the shore of Cabot Lake, had about 15 butterflys perched on it doing whatever they do.|
|This is Cabot Lake. After this lake, there are a couple of small ponds before we make our way up to Carl Lake.||A small group of Bear Grass. The pine forest has been heavily damaged by a beetle. Perhaps 20% of the forest is still alive. You can see the trunks of the trees that have been killed here.|
|Carl Lake is formed by the mountain valleys and a morain. There is a very steep rock wall that also forms a portion of one side of the lake.|
|Alan M drawing the scenery.|
|Sean M, Thomas R, and Gareth d playing cards before bed time.|
|In the morning we took a trip up the ridge to get a better view of the lake, and to see Mt. Jefferson.|
|There was a bit of snow in the depressions, and small ponds formed by the melting snow.||People take a break, and consult the map.|
|We are about 800' above Carl Lake.||To our right are the cliffs that are quite visible from Carl Lake. Evidentally, they are covered with huckleberries later in the year.|
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