Bill and Joe(me) at the South Lake Trailhead at 9,850 feet. We plan to hike to Long Lake where Bill will be fishing while I climb Chocolate Peak and do the loop trail around the peak.
Looking back on South Lake as we start the hike.
Anothewr view of South Lake from higher up the trail.
Hurd Lake, we are about half way to Long Lake.
This is our first view of Chocolate Peak on the left and Mount Agassiz center back.
One of the many ponds along the trail.
View of Long Lake from it's outlet.
This is looking downstream from Long Lake's outlet.
Long Lake's south end.
Long Lake's north end with Mount Goode 13,085 feet.
Bill is going to fish Long Lake while I climbed Chocolate Peak.
This is the trail that heads towards Ruwau Lake and the loop trail around Chocolate Peak.
Looking back down on Long Lake as I hike towards Ruwau Lake.
Another view of Mount Goode, plan to climb it next weekend.
Looking up at Chocolate Peak.
Picture Puzzle Peak with Ruwau Lake. This is where I left the trail and headed up to the peak.
Me on the summit of Chocolate Peak at 11,682 feet.
View to the south from the peak.
Cloudripper 13,525 feet on the left.
View to the north.
Zoomed in on Mount Humphreys and Mount Tom in the distance.
Mount Goode again.
Long Lake with Hurd Peak 12,237 feet.
Zoomed in on the south end of Long Lake.
Two of the three Chocolate Lakes.
The third Chocolate Lake.
Found this butterfly feeding on fowers. Watched it for awhile before heading down to the trail to finish the loop back to Long Lake.
The first of the Chocolate Lakes. The main reason I wanted to do this hike was to see all the lakes that surround Chocolate Peak.
The second Chocolate Lake.
And the third.
Cloudripper from the third lake.
Coming up on Bull Lake.
Looking across Bull Lake.
Chocolate Peak from Bull Lake. Easy to see how it got it's name.
Hurd Peak 12,237 feet, still at Bull Lake.
Back on the main trail heading back to Long Lake to look for Bill.
Back at Long Lake.
Another shot of Long Lake and Mount Goode. This area has great views and a lot of the peaks I plan to climb in the future.
When I found Bill, he had just finished cleaning the fish he caught. He said he caught a lot of them and just keep two rainbows and two brookies for dinner.
What looks like snow is actually a lot of mosquitos. They stayed high and we didn't get any bites.
Late in the afternoon the clouds started moving in.
Leaving the lake and heading up to the trail.
Grass at Long Lake.
The flowers at Long Lake were amazing, they were all around the lake area.
Bill getting a shot of some of the flowers.