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Heart Lake-Six Lakes Basin
(Fourth of July Canyon)
August 8, 2001


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Heart Lake-Six Lakes Basin

*Slide 1: Heart Lake
*Slide 2
: Heart Lake Shoreline
*Slide 3
: Up to Six Lakes Basin
*Slide 4
: Strolling Along
*Slide 5
: Lunch Break
*Slide 6
: Upper Basin
*Slide 7
: Rocky Descent
*Slide 8
: Hearty Hikers
*Slide 9
: Marlene Rests
*Slide 10
: Six Lakes Basin

This hike starts 8.8 miles up washboard Fourth of July Road in the Sawtooth Valley.

The 1.3 mile trail to Heart Lake requires gymnastic moves over and under deadfall, and maneuvering steep, creek banks - but our agile band of 11 folks were dauntless. We skirted Heart Lakeís eastern shoreline, hiked a faint trail through scree, to the shallow lakes in Six Lake Basin.

We glassed for mountain goats, and looked at krummholz: stunted, wind shaped conifers. Turning back, we managed to get a bit off-route. I had scouted this hike with Sandy Vail, Smiley Creek, a few weeks before, in order to make certain our group trip stayed on route in the wooded, granite hummocks of the basinís west side. On the scout, all was perfect. Then, with the group, we started down a easy ravine and I realized - whoops - this wonít take us back to the lake. So we backtracked, bushwhacked, and arrived at Heart Lake with all accounted for -- a hearty troop!

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