Trip Miles:

I intended to hike to Spanish Lakes, the over to Jerome Lakes & back to car staying overnight. Then, after sleeping in or near my car I wanted to do two more overnight loops. Best laid plans sometimes don’t work out. I got up fairly near Spanish Lakes but the creeks were so high that, after getting knocked down twice after trying to cross I decided I didn’t really need to chance it & turned around & hiked up the “High Lakes” trail. It had started raining earlier (twice) but then stopped. After trudging through the snow up & over the Ridge it was getting near dark & clouding up again so I found a suitable campsite & set up my tent. I had made sandwiches so I wouldn’t have to cook the first 2 days. I read a while & then fell asleep. I woke up at 10:30 to heavy rain. It rained fairly hard & steady for about 2 1/2 hours, then off & on the rest of the night. I was warm & dry in the tent though. The next morning I headed up to Jerome Lakes, lot’s of snow! Then down the trail by Pioneer Falls & back to the car. I had 2 very difficult stream crossings on the way.

Near  the trail head I ran into some folks doing short day hikes & they told me the weather was going to be colder & rainy or even snow up higher. Since the creeks were running so high & bad weather predicted I made the decision to just blow it off & go home & do day hikes in the Bridger’s, weather permitting. Good choice as it did end up raining & even snowing up high.

On the hike in I saw lot’s of wildflowers, Lupine, Larkspur, Glacial Lilies, Arrowleaf Balsamroot, Strawberries (no fruit yet), Chickweed, & others I can’t remember.

The picture is one of he easier crossings although the wet logs were slippery. I had to cross it twice as it was before the one that knocked me down. A good time though except for all the rain.