Mandall Lake

As I mentioned in the prior post, this is one of my favorite hikes.  We headed up on a cool fall afternoon.  ight from the beginning, we were greeted by amazing color in the aspens.  Their leaves carpeted the trail and the golden glow was beautiful!

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We continued up the trail and the first mile is quite a bit of climbing so Ms Dakota needed a rest. At 13 1/2, we knew this hike would have mandatory rest stops for her, however, the view is so beautiful that enjoying it is part of the experience.

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We continued on and came across a small pond.  John & Riley decided to go look for elk tracks, it is hunting season after all!

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We then crossed Mandall Creek 3 times and the dogs are quickly becoming expert river dogs on this trip.  As the creek begins flowing down a small canyon, you know you’re close.

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We were almost to the lake when we saw some very large prints in the mud.  It was a very large kitty which fortunately he passed long before we did!

Almost 3 miles later, we arrived.  The light wasn’t great for pics but I think you can still see how beautiful this lake is.

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After arriving, the dogs played in the lake and then decided a nap in the afternoon sun was in order.  It looked so heavenly that joining them crossed my mind!

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On the way back down, the evening light gave the perfect opportunity for some lovely pictures.

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It was a fantastic hike and the lake was as beautiful as I remembered.  I also have to mention just how great Dakota did on this hike.  Its a pretty good climb and she did amazing.  Most would think that’s silly to say about a dog, however, she’s closing in on 14 which made this nearly 6 mile round trip hike a pretty big deal for her.  Riley of course, did great.  At 10 he’s as strong as ever. I think it must be their diet!
The following day, Dakota’s job was to do nothing but sleep!

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  1. Jeanette Trebing

    Felicia — You have surely outdone yourself with this photo display! What gorgeous pics! Love and Hugs, Jeanette

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