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Whetstone Ridge To Twin Lakes Trail
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2020-06-19  
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Whetstone Ridge To Twin Lakes TrailNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
Hiking18.05 Miles 4,193 AEG
Hiking18.05 Miles   9 Hrs   35 Mns   1.88 mph
4,193 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Started from Whetstone Ridge Trailhead, only 1 other car in the gravel lot. Temps in the mid/upper 70s and sunny.

Followed Whetstone Ridge out to the Twin Lakes trail junction. From there I headed south and skirted around the east side of Battle Ax Mountain. After reaching the 4x4 rd above Elk Lake I headed west over Beachie Saddle and followed Battle Ax Creek drainage north. Creek crossing at the bottom was just about knee deep and a little brisk. Made the climb back up to Whetstone Ridge and up to Whetstone Peak before heading back to the trailhead.

Clouds developed as the day progressed and I didn't hike quite as fast as I had planned, so I arrived at Whetstone Mountain by headlamp to a disappointing view. Still a fun day though. Encountered 4-5 other groups of backpackers on trail, no day hikers.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Rhododendrons are really starting to pop
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