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Old 08-31-2012, 03:27 PM
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A good friend and I decided to make one of our last trips together before we leave our seperate ways for college one of the best we could. So we took off for a high mountain lake that neither of us had ever heard of and Internet searches brought nothing up about.

We left the trailhead a little west of Essex for what would be the hardest hike we have ever done. Ill let the pictures do most of the talking. Just to give you an idea though the leaves in the picture where taller than us and I'm 6'2". The weeds where like this all the way to the top nearly and the only way to stay on the trail was to stare at your feet to make sure you where on it. The pictures above it you'll see was me standing on rocks.

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After four hours of bushwacking almeda was a welcome sight. Even more welcoming was all the rising fish. It was pretty fun for about an hour
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This one was probably my favorite if the camera hadn't been blurry.
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I was kinda sad we had to leave early but I heard on the radio it might thunderstorm so I made the call to leave. It took us two hours to get out but it didn't rain.
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I later talked to two locals. One said he knows of only a handful of people who have done it and thinks only about six do it a year at most. He said he had never done it but those who had only went once. I than talked to an even older man who had been there since the 60's and he didn't believe me it existed. It was a rewarding hike, but even more when we heard all of that.
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What a great set of photos and fantastic shots of the fish. I hope you take the time to reflect on the fact that you have the ability to hike to a "Local" spot that many folks can only dream about. Very well done and I wish you the best with the upcoming school schedule. Also, don't forget to confirm a return date with your buddy before the two of you seperate for the year.

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Troy: It looks like a hard hike but the fishing looked awesome, congrats!
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Nice looking fish! Those are Westslopes, right?
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Good job, man! Great way to spend the last moments of summer with your buddy. How far of a hike? Was it in the park? Those are nice looking cutties (biggie: yes, westlopes) that one in the blurry shot was really coloring...makes me look forward to the fall!

Where are you now in school? Did you decide on UM or MSU or??
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Wow!! Well done indeed. I must say those cutts are absolute beautys. Muy bonita! Off trail hiking to high country fishing is almost always rewarding because so few people make the trek, which obviously improves the fishing. Bushwhacking is never fun......I've done plenty of it. But I don't think I've ever had to go through the thick soup of chest high brush that you encountered. I've hiked in thick meadows with chest high grass before, but that stuff you went through looks downright mean.

I would love to get into a lake like this in the Spring right after ice off and snow melt. Looks like there isn't much timber to deal with on the path so the snow would melt quickly and the plants would just be starting to sprout so they wouldn't be an issue.

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You know dean I dunno where I'm going yet, I'm still in high school. I'm still pretty torn on where I want to fish I guess.
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