After enjoying a memorable morning at Lower Deep Creek Lake (see previous post for details on the hike to the lake), it was time to dry out my gear (snow fields create lots of condensation, as does setting up in the rain). Sunshine makes me happy!
As my gear dried I watched the mackerel clouds. Did you know there are a ton of poems about these formations? I think this one is most appropriate, “Low’rin clouds, low’rin skies, Stay indoors if you are wise. Mackerel sky, mackerel sky, Never long wet, never long dry.”
Since I promised myself I’d mostly stay on trail, I avoided further exploration of other lakes in the Ice Lakes Basin and instead headed up to the first pass where rain was threatening. Remember those mackerel clouds?
As I rejoined the trail after my extra credit sightseeing at the pass, I met Bill who was also hiking south. He is an avid fisherman and was heading to Tayo Lake. It was on my possible list, so we decided to share some miles on this much less maintained trail (Tayo Lake #707).
The storm commeth’, the storm goeth’, and Bill fisheth’. Notice the iceberg in bottom left corner near Bill. When we arrived last night there were two large chunks of ice floating not far from shore; after the storm only one remained and it was headed toward the outlet.
To be continued . . .
- Part 1: WY – Deep Creek Lakes, Southern Wind River Mountains, Popo Agie Wilderness
- Part 3: WY – Stough Creek Lakes, Southern Wind River Mountains, Popo Agie Wilderness
- Date(s) Hiked: 7/26/17
- Mileage: Approximately 8-10
- Elevation Gain/Loss: Unknown, didn’t track but plenty
- Trail Conditions:
- Tree obstacles: none
- Overgrowth: none on Ice Lakes Trail but plenty of Willow thickets on the route to Tayo Lake
- Signage: good, plan for cairn and route finding on the Tayo Lake Trail
- Terrain: moderate, plan for snow and muck travel
- Water: plentiful
- Camping: excellent
- Solitude: Expect company on the Ice Lakes Trail but less likely on the Tayo Lake Trail
- Bugs: plentiful but I didn’t need deet
- Precip: expect thunderstorms in July
- Temp: Overnight varied and seemed to fluctuate a lot from low 30’s to high 40’s; daytime highs were probably in 70’s.
- Jan’s Cherry Picker Delight Scale: 4+++ cherries (out of 5) (would have been a 5 if I could have accessed Tayo Lake without mucking through bogs and bushwhacking through willow thickets)
- Be prepared for altitude, elevation changes, weather changes, snow, bugs and navigation.
- Shoshone National Forest, Popo Agie Wilderness
- Nancy Pallister’s book, Beyond Trails in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming
- Ron Adkison’s book, Hiking Wyoming’s Wind River Range
- Beartooth Publishing Wind River Range South Outdoor Recreation Map