Cody's Camp

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We hike to Cody's Camp in the first snow of the season.

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McCall got a very early snowfall, and now that the smoke was gone I needed to get out. I had always wanted to hike the ridge between Lake Fork Creek and the East Fork just to see what was up there. And Art kept telling me tales about this wonderful camp spot....

So here's Art leading the way, sun peeking through the trees.

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The trail climbs pretty steadily, so we started getting views right away. This is Peak 7541, which sits up by Anderson Lake.

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And this, I think, is the ridge between the South Fork and the Middle Fork. At it's right-hand terminus (out of view) is Buck Peak. Approach

Meanwhile, we had more up to do. We started hitting small patches of snow a bit below 7000'.

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And by 7000', it was filling in. This is looking down Lake Fork Creek toward town.

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Our objective (or mine, anyway) was the little peaklet 7958. And this is the view from that summit looking up the East Fork.

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If you stepped off a few steps to see through the trees, you could see Snowslide on the left, and Peak 8361 on the right.

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Art was intent on showing me the meadow, so off we went down the west side.

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Somewhere just below there, we ran into some prints. Fresh prints. Very fresh. Approach
Sam was enthralled by their piquant bouquet. Approach
We hit the meadows, then followed the stream downhill until it was time to traverse back to our uptrack. About here we found an old sheepherder's corral. Approach
And shortly after, we found Cody's Camp, a flat spot on the ridge with wonderful views. That's Boulder Peak on the left. Approach

And this is Slick Rock. An interesting perspective.

And then it was more downhill. When we got out of the snow, we started doing trail work. That partially explains why this hike took us 6 hours..

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And finally, back to Lake Fork Creek.

Note: The Forest Strangers seem determined to keep people from using the East Fork campground access to the East Fork trail, even giving parking tickets. I won't print my response to the idea of eliminating hiking paths.

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