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Minaret Lake Loop Death March

I had planned on leaving the trailhead at 9 by the latest... that didn't happen.  I was up at 4:30 to catch the meteor shower out at Hilltop.  I saw a few good ones, but nothing too amazing.  Around first light, the gunshots started going off all around me.  Apparently it is hunting season.  I left before the sun was over the mountains and grabbed breakfast and some supplies in town.  It was 9:40 by the time I left the trailhead.

I made good time up the trail.  4 miles and an hour and 15 minutes later I stopped for a quick snack at the waterfall.

I continued up the trail to Minaret Lake.  I saw the turnoff for the Minaret Mine, which was my backup plan if I couldn't do the loop.

The Minarets started to come into full view.

I made it to Minaret Lake in a little under 2.5 hours.  It was here that I would see the last people on my trip.  They had wanted to do the loop, but were unsure of the scramble around Cecile Lake and down to Iceberg Lake.

I took the wrong trail around Minar…

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