from the Big Sandy Lodge
Big Sandy Lake to Big Sandy Lodge – 18 miles
Route: Big Sandy Lake * Jackass Pass * Cirque of the Towers * New York Pass * Shadow Lake * Big Sandy Lodge Photo journal:
Morning light on lake on the way up Jackass Pass
First glimpse of the Cirque of the Towers ~ Why Not
Morning light ~ Arrowhead Lake
Top of Jackass Pass
Cirque of the Towers ~ Lonesome Lake
Just me and my shadow
Gotta love those lake reflections ~ This is one of the best ~ Lonesome Lake in the Cirque of the Towers
Famous Pingora Peak ~ look closely and there are climbers on the face!
View of our next destination ~ New York Pass (middle)
Wired taking a small break to look back at the Cirque
Nice grassy ramps and rock to climb up the pass
Cornice at the top of New York Pass
View from the top of New York Pass
On top of New York Pass
Why Not on top
Wired descending down New York Pass on talus and boulders ~ The guidebook suggested the middle gully. It was hard to tell from the top which one was the middle ~ We did pick the easiest.
Why Not descending the loose talus
View looking from the bottom. It is clear from here the optional gullies.
Wired hanging out before dinner at Big Sandy Lodge
Family style meals at the Big Sandy Lodge ~ We chose to hike 10 miles out for food resupply, showers, laundry, hot meals (included with lodging), and a soft cozy bed. The lodge is rustic and very friendly to hikers.
View from the Big Sandy Lodge ~ Mud Lake
FOOD OF THE DAY
Trader Joe’s Chile Lime Seasoning Blend and Tapatio Sauce Packets
After borrowing from
Why Not some of this very tasty, salty, spicy, lightweight, and tangy seasoning, I was hooked. I sprinkle it on everything: potatoes, all my dinners, and noodles. I store mine in a small zip lock pill pouch I buy from Walgreens.
Second on the tasty list is Tapatio Hot Sauce. After hiking the Continental Divide Trail in 2013, I have carried these little pouches of goodness on every trip. Basically you can pour it on anything. Yum.