|The trail at the beginning|
Five of us (the maximum allowed at this time) decided to take the Upper Trailhead from Blanchard Mountain and hike up to Lily and Lizard Lakes. This is not an especially hard hike, but one of our favorites during the winter months. We'll be returning again soon. Our wilderness hikes are over for the season, as the road is closed to Artist Point already.
|Back, Dianne and Terry; front, Mel and Chris|
It was chilly most of the day, but once we got moving we had to take off some clothes pretty quickly. You can see that the leaves are falling and we were enjoying the still air, with no rain.
It was not yet noon when we got to Lily Lake, but we had a small snack and then moved on to Lizard Lake via the Connector Link, where we would have our lunch.
The only real difference between these lakes is their position in my photo lineup. I was pleased, though, with the reflection in this one. It was a nice place to spend maybe a half-hour for lunch, but we began to get cold, so we packed up and went back the way we had come.
|Dianne, Terry, me, Chris|
We had donned much of our extra clothing, since as I said, the lunch break caused us to get pretty cold. We warmed up on our way back, however.
|The return trail with lovely trees|
We covered almost eight miles and skipped heading up to North Butte, since we didn't think we'd have much of a view. Our elevation gain and loss was around 1,700 feet: enough to let us know we had a good workout, with good friends, and another day away from the news!