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Aug 26 2019
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 Portland, OR
Elkhorn Crest TrailNortheast, OR
Northeast, OR
Backpack avatar Aug 26 2019
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Backpack10.82 Miles 2,000 AEG
Backpack10.82 Miles2 Days         
2,000 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
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Followed Elkhorn Crest from the Marble Pass Trailhead up to Twin Lakes. Beautifully sunny clear day, felt like 70 degrees with a nice breeze. Bagged Elkhorn Peak along the way and then set up camp at the lower (larger) twin lake for the night. Had the whole lakes basin to myself, save for a couple dozen mountain goats that spent the night wandering through my camp and noisily galloping through the meadow behind my camp. Very scenic area with multiple campsites to choose from- however none of them are very large or flat, which makes setting up a tent a bit problematic. Overnight lows only dipped into the upper 40s/low 50s, very pleasant.

The next morning the goats got a bit more curious and started to encroach upon my camp and encircle me as I packed things up. As my footprint got smaller they became progressively braver and inched closer to me, so I hastily threw everything in my pack and departed before we had an altercation.
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Wildflowers are well past their peak. Summer is starting to wrap up in the high country, fall is just around the corner.
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