Valhalla Lake Sep 2010


Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />The Smithbrook trail starts out wide and smooth as it climbs 1.5 miles to the Uhion Gap intersection with the Pacific Crest Trail.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />Fungus on the sawn end of a dead log.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />We crossed the wilderness boundary early on this hike.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />I propped my monopod on a tree branch to take this picture of Ron & Fran.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />Another hiker helped shoot this scene at Union Gap.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />Fran between trees on the Pac Crest Trail.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />Fran on the climb to the lake, with Mt Lichtenberg in the clouds at left.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />This small rock pile has been covered in snow on most of our prior hikes.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />Fran is a minute from seeing the lake ahead.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />A early view of Lake Valhalla as we descend the trail.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />Another glimpse of the lake, where we will end our trail at the shore to the right (west) of this view.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />The eastern side of Lake Valhalla.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />The SW shoreline.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />Fishermen were quick to take their positions on this rock at the NW corner of the lake.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />Fishermen were quick to take their positions on this rock at the NW corner of the lake.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />Mt Lichtenberg on the north side of the lake peeks out after the clouds moved away.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />Fran glasses the lake at our lunch spot. The cold breeze made us wrap up.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />We started back up the trail, at the west end of the lake.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />A cloudy Mt Lichtenberg at the north side of the lake.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />Ron relinquished the monopod to Fran for this picture. She made those gloves with fingertips exposed, to make camera useage possible in cold weather, and a flap folds down to close making the gloves act as miittens.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />In past years, this section is very red at this time of year, too soon this time.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />An old Pacific Crest Trail marker, being overgrown by the encroaching bark.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />The signpost at Union Gap, where we turn right to return to the trailhead.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />Looking North through Unoin Gap, that trail goes to Janus Lake in two miles.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />Fran points to the trail sign, showing the way back to the car.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />Fireweed has some weeks left... winter arrives when the blooms come to an end.Smithbrook to Lake Valhalla Hike Sep 2010.<br />A map on the trailhead info board at Smithbrook trailhead.

These images were taken with my Fuji  HS10 "bridge camera".


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