Ypsilon Lake / Lawn Lake
Posted 23 January 2005 - 04:42 PM
On Tuesday September 9, 2002, we arrived at the Lawn Lake trailhead shortly after daybreak on an overcast day. Intermittent sprinkles had us taking off and putting back on rain gear as we huffed and puffed our way up the trail. The aspens were starting to turn but my eyes were drawn more often to the damage done by the flood. All the peaks in the area were engulfed in clouds.
We took the Ypsilon trail turn off and arrived at Upper Chipmunk campsite after 4.2 miles. After we set up camp, Larry and I explored the area around Ypsilon Lake and found a beautiful waterfall.
We woke up Wednesday to partly cloudy skies with hopes of finding Spectacle Lakes. There are no maintained trails and the climbing is very steep in places. At one point, we had to climb over a large boulder. A friend who had been there emailed me ahead of time and said, "It really is like a step but once you get your foot on it, you can't really see your foot anymore and you are committing to standing and finding something for your hands that you also can't see (but is there!) Kinda like faith..." That's what I'd call it too. Once past the rock, we made our way up into the Ypsilon cirque and the place is simply incredible. It was still early morning and Larry suggested that we blaze a trail to another nearby lake but after an hour or so we were turned back by light rain.
The next day we packed up our gear and hiked 8 miles to Lawn Lake including a long descent from the Ypsilon Lake area followed by a longer lung busting climb to our campsite. One of my major goals was to summit Mt. Fairchild via The Saddle which rises above Lawn Lake. We got up early the next morning but as we approached the Saddle, a snow storm blew in with biting cold winds that hit us right in the face. Although we made it to The Saddle, we thought a summit attempt was a bad idea because visibility was terrible. However, by the time we descended to Crystal Lake, blue sky was peeking through the clouds.
In the Crystal Lake area, we ran into a herd of sheep/goats and got some great pictures: definitely one of the highlights of our trip. There was a lot of wildlife in this area and the views back toward Lawn Lake were terrific.
The next day we made our way to Golden Banner campsite so we could get up early on Sunday and hike to the trailhead and drive home. What a great week!
Posted 23 January 2005 - 04:47 PM
View south from Spectacle Lakes
Posted 23 January 2005 - 05:23 PM
Posted 23 January 2005 - 05:55 PM
Posted 23 January 2005 - 08:09 PM
Posted 23 January 2005 - 09:03 PM
Posted 23 January 2005 - 10:36 PM
Yes, but it's very close to Ypsilon. To get to Spectacle, you more or less follow the water uphill. We were there in a very dry year, which made the climb much easier.
Posted 17 June 2008 - 08:38 PM
Awesome visuals :) THANK YOU!
Posted 17 June 2008 - 09:42 PM
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