Here's another trip report from August 2010.
On this hike, Kristin and I dropped Sandy off at the Fern Lake TH and continued on to the Bear Lake TH. The plan was to meet Sandy at Gabletop Mountain. Her route was up through Spruce Canyon and ours was via Flattop. We would all return to Flattop and down to Bear Lake. And if things went well, Kristin and I would also add Hallett on the way back. We got started at about 6:50AM.
We needed to keep a reasonable pace to meet Sandy, after all she had a head start, but I thought Bear Lake was still worth a quick look. I took a couple of shots of Hallett in the morning sun.
We only stopped for a couple of quick photo ops on the way up Flattop. About an hour and a half on, we took a few shots at the Emerald Lake overlook.
A bit farther up the trail, I stopped to take a few photos of some ptarmigans. They were eating a lot of those white flowers.
We reached the summit in a little over 2 hours and spent some time relaxing in the morning sun. Then it was time to head for Gabletop. We started out following the Tonahutu trail past Ptarmigan Point where we turned off-trail across the open tundra. The slopes are all fairly gentle up there so it was pretty easy going, even off-trail.
As usual, there were plenty of opportunities to photograph flowers.
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Edited by ScottO, 08 May 2011 - 07:35 AM.