And wow, it was BLAZING-- 98 on Friday, 99 on Saturday, and 102 on Sunday. Everyone worked up a good sweat on the climb up 3,000 feet to our camp at beautiful Echo Lake.
And sunset was especially spectacular:
The next day we day-hiked the eight-mile long Four Lakes Loop, around Deer Lake, Diamond Lake, Luella Lake, and finally Round Lake. Looking down on Deer Lake from the pass:
From the next pass, Tessaly and I hiked up prominent 8,160-foot tall Siligo Peak. Here's Tessaly taking it in (note Shasta hiding in the distance):
After a refreshing dip in Emerald Lake (one advantage of the heat is that the lakes were pleasant), we finished the loop, and headed back to camp and enjoyed another sunset.
The next day we woke up early (it's super unusual to be able to get out of the tent in shorts!), and hiked back to the car. Alas-- back toward Trinity Lake and civilization.
A fun trip with some new backpacking buddies! Looking forward to the next trip!!!