|Looking out from Wines Peak|
Oh my goodness what a difference a day makes. Lamoille Canyon on a Sunday is quite the place to be. I think I passed over 50 people. It looked like mostly day hikers but quite the change seeing so many folks, all mostly within 2 miles of the trail-head. I even got to say hi to the 4 I had met on the pass above Overland trail. They mentioned that the 10 mile dry stretch had been super tough for them, which just reminded me how differently people experience the trail. For me the hardest bit was my afternoon after the pass above Overland. Hot and overgrown with steep trail had me worn out. While at least half of that dry stretch (N Furlong to Long Canyon) was my favorite section of the trail.
Once I hit the parking lot the dog hopped in the car and refused to move. I headed to the creek for one last dip to cool off and after chatting with some bicyclists from Reno I stopped stalling and hit the road yet again.
The trip was great. For me it was very doable in 4 days. The shorter days on each end made the driving fit in perfectly. I was asked numerous times on the trail if I had to pick one direction which would it be, my gut reaction is to start at Lamoille only because I loved it, but there is something to be said for ending with the best. Both directions have a few climbs and don't seem significantly different in that regard. I'm going to be indecisive and say I think my way was best, an out and back allowed me to see everything twice. I got to enjoy things I had missed my first time around and loved beginning and ending in Lamoille. I'll admit all those aspen have me thinking that a fall trip could be a pretty sweet option as well but I loved how I was surrounded by wildflowers and green.