This is an abbreviated version of my longer trip report on Hammock Forums.
My overnight turned into a 6 1/2 mile day hike. That's OK, it was lovely anyway!
|View from the climb to Penner|
|Lovely Island Lake|
It is usually easy to find the trail, and when it gets a little unclear, there is probably a stomped down section within eyeshot.
Some of the obscure areas have been delineated by rock edgings on the trail. Also, head for the downed trees that have been sawed apart. Basic stuff.
There is a climb to get to the ridge above Penner. I stopped at every shade-producing tree or rock and looked around. Yeah, that's why I stopped. Totally. Nothing to do with gasping like a fish.
The trail in this section is mostly the horrid scree This is a boot's-eye view of the scree. It averages deck of cards size.
|Really the trail. It is a steep and angled as it looks here.|
|Do I LOOK like a mountain goat?!|
|no, no, no, not more scree!|
|Another shot from under a shady tree|
Eventually the trail runs right next to Penner's eastern shore.
It came time to set up camp, which I did (later, I tore it down and headed back to the car.) For those of you who don't hammock, this setup's pretty typical.
|The brown thing under the tarp is my underquilt, to keep my underside toasty warm.|
|Random swampy lake on Crooked Lakes Trail|