Slate Lake project
Bill Reed's Rangers hiked ten miles deep into the backcountry of Eagles Nest Wilderness to Slate Lake, and then cleaned up 22 illegal campfire rings (three days, two nights out)

1. Setting out from Boulder Creek

2. Taking a break at the junction with the Gore Range Trail - still a long way to go...

3. Abbe & Michael: This was the first backpack trip for Abbe (left), a phenomenal trooper whose energy and warm smile inspired us all

4. what ho? A train of five horses - 3 pack animals and two wranglers - carrying in our tools and gear


6a. 18 sec. video: The pack train heads on up with our gear...

7. On up Slate Creek Valley, glaciated but oh-so-wide, perhaps the most beautiful valley in the entire Gore Range

8. New sprouting from old

9. We met the Regans, Mom and daughter, backpacking with friends, at the beautiful Upper Slate Lake

11. Melissa and Justin, getting ready to tackle some campfire rings. If you want to see how it's done, please check out the pictures from our project at Upper Cataract Lake last month - Click HERE.

12. Peak J above Upper Slate Lake


14. Heading back down to Slate Lake


15. The weather? Like this the entire weekend

17. John, Tom, and Bill R.

18. Good signs of beaver activity on Slate Creek

20. John and Tom spotted an illegal campfire ring on the way out, and dealt with it...

21. Stones and logs from the illegal campfire ring went into the river

24. The remains of the cabin the junction of the Gore Range Trail and the Slate Creek Trail


Pictures from John Taylor

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