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Day 7 - To North Lake Map: Piute Pass
Mt Humphreys
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Piute Lake
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The last day's hike was pretty easy. The long ascent the day before brought us to within a few miles of Piute Pass. You can see the pass from the trail in the Humphreys Basin and it isn't very far above.



The trail continues pretty flat to just below the pass before it begins to climb to Summit Lake. From the lake it is another very short and mild ascent to the pass. From the pass you can see the barren looking Humphrey's Basin on one side, and on the other you see an inviting Piute Lake.



Continuing down mountain youpass a couple of lakes where camping is possible. After the last lake the rocks begin to look more colorful than the granite that you've seen for the past few days. The trail is a bit sunny until a ways below the lakes, but then it enters a forrested area and it pretty much remains shady all the way to the trailhead.



There are some drive-in campsites at the trailhead, but no hiker parking. The parking lot is at North Lake near the pack station. Though you can't park near the trailhead you could send somebody to get the car at the lake and they could drive back to pick up everybody else.

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