Trinity Alps: Caribou Lakes
Last weekend we went up into the Trinities for a hike into Caribou Lakes with our friend Dave and his dog Boomer. Boomer is way in the back of the photo with red packs.
Gorgeous. In Brown's meadow we stop for lunch and water and this buck hangs out with us. Seriously. I think he's waiting for a handout. Or something. Not more than 30 feet away from us he just stares. Busily eating I don't think to grab my camera and take a photo.
I could give you all the details on how to get to this trailhead and the details of the trail, but it has already been done brilliantly over at the Hike Mount Shasta page, so just mosey on over there if you are planning the hike yourself.
We started up the 8.5 mile trail to Caribou Lake at 11:30 and it's hot, probably in the 90's. We're thankful for the off and on tree cover.
I'm gloriously happy to be hiking with everything I need (which isn't much) on my back. It is so liberating to be out on the trail and challenged by the heat and the mostly uphill climb. Adrenaline kicks in and we kick it up the trail. Alleluia.
Sweats dripping down my bare legs and I don't care. Yea. It's great to be back on a trail after a few months break. Open trail ahead with granite to the left and open vistas to the right and Mount Shasta at our back.
I want to sit down, but decide against it. I better just keep plugging along on my shaking legs. Dave is a bit behind me at this point and he looks like he is hurting too.
Emerald and Sapphire lakes to the south west.