Our trip began under smoke-filled skies with the smell of smoke in the air. Fortunately, after a mile of steady uphill climbing, we escaped the smoke for good. Upon reaching our destination of Birthday Lake, we enjoyed lunch on the point on the west shore. The group was feeling the need for further exploration, so we decided to continue on to Island Lakes. It was about another mile and 250' elevation gain to lovely Upper Island Lake, which has a very picturesque isthmus and camping possibilities. From there we descended (cross-country) to Lower Island Lake--another pretty lake with a campsite on the north shore. Back on the trail for the return hike, we met several groups of mountain bikers. We also enjoyed spotting and photographing numerous varieties of fungii we encountered along the way.Members: Kathy Randall, Darko Sojak, David Cooper, Carla Cooper, Marguerite Cooney.
Dave and Marguerite at Birthday Lake—photo by Darko Sojak
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