Marie and Rockpile Lakes are remote but beautiful little lakes near Diamond Peak. Our group of 11 got an early start and arrived at the trailhead in about two hours. The hike is uphill for the first mile or more, then levels off around Diamond Rockpile. At the summit of the hike we had beautiful vistas to the south where we could see Summit Lake, about 3 miles away, along with Cowhorn Mountain, Sawtooth Mountain, and in the distance, Mt. Thielsen. We descended to visit Rockpile Lake, then continued to Marie Lake where we stopped for lunch. The day was warm and the breezes blowing off the lake were refreshing. Dave was the only participant to take the waters at Marie Lake, and found them to his liking. After a leisurely lunch, we returned by the same route to our cars. On the way home, we stopped briefly at Indigo Springs. It was a good day to be in the mountains with a very congenial group.Members: Jim Duncan, Sharon Duncan, Nancy Whitfield, Nancy Matthews, Ed Lichtenstein, Lamonte Smith, Holger Krentz, Dave Predeek, Verlean McCoy. Nonmembers: Jean Stover, Michelle Formatin.
Trailhead for Marie Lake trail—photo by Holger Krentz
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