July 16-17 2016
Originally Kessler, Shaylee, Kimberly, and I were going to climb several peaks in the Trappers Lake area, but we had a tire blowout right near the trailhead for Mirror Lake. Rather than risk an extra 22 miles on a washboard road on the spare tire, we decided to hike to Mirror Lake and climb the Paradise BM instead.
There were many flies along the trail, more than I have ever seen. It was a hot climb as well. Half way up the trail, the mosquitoes came out as well.
After setting up camp at Mirror Lake we hiked around the lake and then to the next lake to the west. There were coyotes howling at night.
Kessler and I woke up early in order to climb the Paradise BM. We climbed up the very steep north ride of Sable Point. It was a tedious route and we got eaten alive by mosquitoes.
From Sable Point, we made our way over to the Paradise BM. We saw several bull elk resting around a snowbank near the summit.
The views were nice from the summit, but there was some haze from forest fires. There was a gigantic orange wasp that was covered in hairs on the summit, but it flew away before I got a photo of it. After enjoying the summit (there were still mosquitoes on top!), we headed southeast before descending a very steep elk trail down to the north.
We eventually lost the elk trail and got cliffed out and had to backtrack a bit before finding a very steep route down to Mirror Lake. We hiked along the shore back to camp and then headed back down home where I had to leave and go to Breckenridge for work.