Burnside Lakes, Payette National Forest, Idaho

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After a few hard days in the Hell’s Canyon Wilderness, Ruby needed a hike. You might have noticed that she was unable to come along for that expedition due to the trail work. John selected Burnside Lake as an “easy” hike”……. Well on paper it was easy but in reality, it was downfall, bushwhack, boulder hop beat down! See John’s trip report here: http://www.splattski.com/2020/burnside_lake/index.html

After a long hour and a half “easy” hike, we arrived at Burnside Lake #1. A beauty!!

Of course Ruby was anxious to work so I obliged.

Notice Ruby is sporting the latest in Ruffware fashion accessories…. a new collar. During our recent outing at Golden Lake, she somehow got her old one caught on something and pulled it off. Despite John and I searching for a goodly amount of time, it was gone.

A look up at Teardrop Peak, named after a hike John did with his wife a few years ago when he literally made her cry. I feel your pain Julie!

Burnside Peak.

Burnside Peak close up.

Burnside Lake #2, even more beautiful than #1.

Teardrop Peak.

Burnside Peak on the right, Teardrop on the left.

I will call this Burnside Lake #3 although its much more of a pond. Ruby saw the shot and patiently waited for John and I to shoot our photographs. Behind Ruby is Beaverdam Peak which we tried and failed to climb last year, see that trip report here: https://davefaitlemonde.com/2019/10/09/beaverdam-peak-valley-county-idaho/ We are planning to return and finish this climb sometime in the next couple weeks…….. stay tuned.

One small note about this area near the top of Lick Creek summit. It is one of my favorite places in the world to explore and shoot photography. Lots of cool peaks, interesting ponds and lakes, and challenging rocky routes. The more time I spend here the more time I love it!

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