Five delighted backpackers hiked up the Fall Creek trail past Green Lakes and on towards Park Meadow. On the north side of Broken Top, the group doubled back and worked their way in to Golden Lake, a gorgeous but less well known destination. On this Labor Day weekend, however, this hidden get-away was filled to over-flowing with at least 8 backpacking groups plus one rule enforcing ranger, all looking for the perfect hide-out from the crowds. $350 tickets were issued liberally for campfires, poorly buried personal waste and camping too close to the water. Fortunately, our group was highly law abiding and we escaped any unpleasantries. The following day we enjoyed hiking up the shoulder of Broken Top and then scrambling down the boulder filled drainages to Park Meadows where lunch and sun basking were enjoyed before returning to our campsite to enjoy an exceptional sunset that evening. On the third day, we backpacked out, fully satiated from our communion with nature.Members: Becky Lipton, Chris Stockdale, Mari Baldwin, Don Cross. Nonmembers: Jen Rodenburg.
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