An evening jaunt up to Smith Lake, a scenic hike that leads to a small lake nestled at the base of the flat top mountains. As we begin, we’re greeted by open meadows, late season wildflowers and ground foliage changing from green to gold.
A series of small beaver ponds await the higher we climb.
As we approach the lake the stream flows down the hillsides. The sheepherders had just brought their sheep down off of the mountains in preparation for the approaching winter season so everything is a bit trampled.
The last hill and we arrive. This lake as most of this area holds many memories. Fishing here as a kid was always a must during each trip we made up here. There was also the time back when we had 3 dogs that after they spent the afternoon swimming they all took off after something in the woods. You’ve never seen two people jumping logs & running through the forest so fast in your life! Thank goodness this time was not that eventful but simply a lovely evening in the woods.
The way back down left us with some beautiful light on the mountainsides.
The following day we hiked up to the Little Flat Tops. While it was a fairly easy hike, the view were still quite nice.