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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-15-2015, 11:26 PM
High on the Mountain Top
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Very dry year, so reliable water (S to N) will surely be found at:
1)Tarns below Unnecessary Peak. This area has heavy use, filters essential. Water will be there, but not the greatest. You can angle down after the first two big peaks of Unnecessary, and angle back up to rejoin the main trail.
2)A steep short scramble down to excellent water in a huge tarn below the East Lion, well visible once you're well past the saddle between the Lions and heading down a narrow ridge. Ignore those murky muddy spots early after the traverse under the West Lion, even if they're still damp. Once you change from hard rock to grey sand on the descending ridge look below on the right, choose your path down nice and early, angle back up a bit further on.
3)That was the last water for a long time, next up is at Magnesia meadows. Don't count on anything between these two! (There is Enchantment Lake, but it's a long tough way down and back up to the trail.) Once you head down to the top lake, plenty of access until you leave the lowest lake (Deeks), then nothing more but you're close and all downhill from there.
I've run it many times, I plan on the tarn under the East Lion, Magnesia and Brunswick Lake. The first one mentioned is too early and likely tastes of sweat, food scraps. sunscreen and bugspray, people wash there too often. Camping is popular in that area.

Last edited by alexcanuck; 08-15-2015 at 11:28 PM. Reason: Mention of Enchantment.
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