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Bearpaw Meadow and Surrounding Area


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Over the Hill Trail Map: Tamarack and Hamilton Lakes
North Along Trail
North Along Trail
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Side View of Mountains
Side View of Mountains
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From Bearpaw Meadow we take the Over the Hill Trail towards Elizabeth Pass and Tamarack Lake. You could also continue along the High Sierra Tral and turn left after crossing Lone Pine Creek, but the water level made this impossible. This trail begins with a short climb through a forested area. After a few short miles you come out of the forest into the valley.



Shortly after coming out of the trail we came across a pile of snow left over from an avalanche.



After crossing the remains of the avalanche we descend deeper into the valley. The trail along here is really quite simple. There may be a few obstacles, such as the avalanche remains, but the trail is in very good shape and easy to follow.



Down inside the valley the views are still quite nice. Looking south gives a very nice view of the mountains. Looking to the west you will soon have a spectacular view of Lion Rock.



Tamarack Lake is just beneath Lion Rock.

To Tamarack Lake
Wasteland
Wasteland
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Through the TRees
Through the TRees
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Just as you leave the trail to Elizabeth Pass to head west towards Tamarack Lake you cross this wide river which looks like a wasteland where debris has piled up.



Shortly after crossing this river we come across the remains of another avalanche.



The popularity of this trail may be reflected in its condition. It only goes as far as Tamarack Lake so most people probably don't come up here. There are a few places where the trail disappears but there are cairns, or ducks, to mark the way.



Looking back we get a nice view of the valley below with Lone Pine Creek running through it.



In a very short while you will find yourself back at Lone Pine Creek where the water was too high and fast to cross. Actually, we were just feeling lazy that day and decided to head on back rather than take off our boots yet again.



Tamarack Lake is about a half mile up the trail. You can see the top of Lion Rock at the top of the picture.

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