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