Erma Bell Lakes

July 17, 2005

Six hikers set out on the 4½ mile, well maintained trail to Lower and Middle Erma Bell Lakes in the Waldo Wilderness. We spotted about 20 other hikers—many carrying, floating in, and fishing from smallish rubber rafts. Nobody seemed to be having any luck; even an osprey, seen on the scouting trip, was fishing elsewhere. Our pace was leisurely in the lovely sunny weather. We were surprised by the variety of flowers seen on this mostly forested walk. After lunch at Middle Erma Bell one hiker, John Lapeyre, decided it was too soon to return to the trailhead, and chose to leave the group and hike the long loop back, via Williams Lake and Otter Lake. (John Jacobsen says it is okay to lose 10% of your group—but I am an inexperienced leader, so I hope they excuse the extra 7%. Seriously, he was advised that the club no longer felt any responsibility for him. He was agreeable to this.) Staying to the hike’s happy end were Obsidians Julie Dorland, Mary Hamilton (on her third and qualifying hike), Sherwood Jefferies, and Marshall Kandell and leader Barb Revere.

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