Jewel Basin, mission accomplished

Last summer we went hiking with our friends up to Twin Lakes in the Jewel Basin area. Since it was early July, there was still a lot of snow up in the hills, and we didn’t make it to the lakes. Now that it’s late August, we figured the snow would be clear. Indeed it was, and we were able to get to the waterside.

I saw on a hiking web site that Jewel Basin has a total of 27 lakes within its 15,000-acre boundaries. The handful we’ve seen have all been gorgeous.

It was a beautiful day to hike. When we arrived at the trailhead, it was a nippy 43 degrees (in August!) but of course you always want to start your hike a little chilly and then shed layers as you warm up. I don’t think the temperature got above 55 the whole time we were out, but it felt great in the sunlight. The only downside of the cool air was that we had absolutely no inclination to jump in the ice-cold lake water.

Jewel Basin has so many trees and awesome views of the mountains and the valley.

Naturally I have to add a photo of my awesome wife, too!