Square Top Basin, Payette National Forest (Conclusion)

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On the final morning of our trip, we were up super early and hiking in the moonlight to the summit of Square Top.  It was a lifetime experience and truly a pleasure to spend it with my buddies John and Ruby!

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While I was busy shooting photos, John was making coffee and ruby was trying to stay warm.

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Square Top is the highest peak for many miles as you can see.

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John sitting on the actual summit.

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Enjoying coffee at the moment of sunrise!

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Same view, no people.

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Looking over Blackmare Lake with the trees on the ridge soaked in sunshine.

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So this is one of the coolest things about sunrise on a mountain top.  Look off in the distance to see Lake Cascade, but also notice our summit shadow way access the valley!  Also conformation we are on a high peak!

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John and I headed down the mountain after finishing a couple cups of coffee.  We peaked over the eastern ridge one last time to say goodbye to Square Top Lake.

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The view, with the hazy sky, looked like a painting.

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Good news, headed out tomorrow for another epic mountain adventure.  Y’all come back soon now ya hear!

2 Replies to “Square Top Basin, Payette National Forest (Conclusion)”

  1. OMG! Love your blog. I’ve been searching trails and peak names and looking over topo maps and somehow I ended up on your blog after a search. It’s a treasure trove of beautiful pics and information. I’ve learned the names to plenty of things I’ve been looking for and I’m really jealous that you get to hike and shoot almost daily, really! Excited to see that you guys just pick a peak and bushwhack to it just like folks in Alaska do. I was just asking a forest service friend about that today and was excited to hear that there actually were a few peak registers out on the Payette. Excited to see where you are heading next.

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