Weather forecasts were questionable, but upon passing over the crest of Highway 58, we found some sun, some cloud, and (importantly) no rain. We hiked quickly along the trail to Fawn Lake and then Stag Lake. We then traveled off-trail for a mile over steepening terrain to reach the ridge south of Lakeview and scrambled the rest of the way to the summit. On top, things were calm and cool. We stayed briefly to enjoy lunch and a view of many lakes (of course) and nearby peaks. Diamond Peak remained clouded down to its flanks. To return, rather than go right back to Stag Lake, the group decided to make a bit of a loop -- we continued south along the ridge, reached a smaller peak, then followed another ridge southwest for a more gradual descent to Saddle Lake, where we regained a trail and started back toward Fawn Lake and the trailhead.Members: Frank Chemotti, Chris Stockdale. Nonmembers: Maria Gulemetova.
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