I did the lower loop, starting from Highway 60, walking clockwise, staying at Maggie Lake and Oak Lake, the small round lake near the top of the lowest loop. It's about 33 km total.
First view of Maggie Lake
Camp on Maggie Lake East
Blackbird Hammock by Warbonnet Outdoors, Hammock Gear Incubator under-quilt, Dutchware whoopie hook suspension and tree straps. I was comfy but too warm.
Night falls on Maggie Lake
Mink Creek visitor
I've never seen so many dragonflies as I did at the crossing of Mink Creek. This one landed on my arm. Several more landed on my hat.
Pink Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium acaule)
Oak Lake is a reserve for Red Spruce, near their northern limit.
Oak Lake view
Hammock and tarp, Oak Lake
Got here too early, lunched and dozed. Trees were too close together to sleep comfortably. Burned my hand cooking. Polysporin with Lidocaine, followed by Second Skin cooling burn pads, really worked.
Typical forest trail
After Nora Lake the trail becomes easier because it follows old logging roads like this.
Stopped to snack here and get water. I used Aquatabs to purify the water. No filter. BTW Nice irises near the base of the pine.
Iris, Ramona Lake
Blue Flag Iris
Admiring the irises?
Coming from northern Ontario, I find the height of the forest canopy down south really blows my mind sometimes
Garter Snake, Guskewau Lake
A very brown Eastern Garter Snake
Garter Snake close-up
The creek exits the lake here and then descends to the Oxtongue River.
I really caught the perfect weekend for irises.
Oxalis montana Northern Wood Sorrel
Thanks to Pipsissewa at hammockforums.net for the identification.
The bridge crosses the Oxtongue River here, marking the end/beginning of the Western Uplands Trail. The black flies were brutal in this valley, but it was mosquitoes who dominated the rest of the trail.