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Lake Ann Epic Hike Oct 4th 2011

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On Tuesday Oct 4th 2011 my buddy Sev and I jumped into my car and headed over the hills to the Teanaway area. We had heard the snow level was dropping so we wanted to see some fresh snow. We drove all the way to the end of the road past Beverly campground where the Lake Ingalls and Esmeralda Basin trailheads began.

At the parking area which I think is close to 4,800 feet in elevation


Road is starting to get muddy with all the recent rain


Trailhead


Trail starts off easy






Sev testing out his new camera


















First signs of snow












After a few hours of climbing we were nearing the pass at 6,800 feet of elevation


Trees looked like they had been frosted




Scout and I taking a break


As we neared the pass the snow increased








First glimpse of the lake




Scout enjoying the view




Snow covered larch






Larches were starting to turn yellow




Got lucky when the sun came out for just a few minutes






















Clouds starting rolling in so we headed back to camp before the snow storm hit








This car was hauling lots of weight so I had to be careful since the rear was sitting so low


Found a spot


Lots of firewood


Unloading all the stuff


Bought a vestibule so when the rain hit the front door wouldn't get wet






Campfire was nice


Next morning it was pouring rain outside so we cooked inside


Could have the front door open for ventilation without getting wet inside thanks to the new front door cover




Sev picking up some litter that the last people left


Turning my car around in the rocks


We decided to get back out this time climbing Ingalls Pass and looking for more snow. Legs were sore at first but within the first half mile I was too busy sweating to care










Trail was climbing too slow for us since we needed to get up to the 6,500 feet we decided to climb the mountain itself


Looking straight up


Rest break was had to sit due to the steep angle


Looking down - at this point we put the camera away due to the steepness of the climb but were able to make it almost to the top and did find lots of snow.


We made it down alright. Scout the dog with no fear was even taking it easy coming down.
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