Cliff Lake

September 15-16, 1984

The sign-up sheet read "no complex car shuttle this year!" and that was true. For three years previous I have lead an overnight hike into this area going in on the east side of the Three Sisters and coming out on the west side. This year the plan was to go in at Cultus, find a reasonable camping site en route to Cliff Lake, then do a Sunday morning loop hike traveling light through the many splendored Mink Lake Basin.

The campsite was Snowshoe Lake. Very beautiful. Quiet. So much moonlight that the sky was bright all night. This is a lake to linger at, especially this time of year when mosquitoes are gone. Also, this is a lake for folks who like to fish . . . even the crawdads were large and numerous.

Leaving the packs on Sunday, we did a hike on up to Cliff Lake, came round past Perky, then over to Mink Lake for lunch before returning to Snowshoe for packs. Going out back to Cultus felt long and feet were tired. Perhaps better to give this trip three days rather than two.

There were variations in the composition of the group at times. Doris Allen and Glenn Meares made a day hike into Snowshoe and out the same day, while two people opted to stay one more night at Snowshoe and return on Monday instead of on Sunday. And Dee Bray preferred to go directly to Mink Lake and forego the Cliff Lake loop. When the weather is fine and people are strong, why not?

Overnight trip members included Dee Bray, Margaret Crosland, Betty Legris, Saundra Miles, Phillip Renault, and leader Emmy Dale.


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