Then Wade was informed by his family that there would be a wedding the main weekend we were heading in. He was still planned on the 11 mile hike in, spending the next day hiking to Titcomb Basin then hiking out the next morning. I was contacted by Boyd in June that he and Jer were in. I would drive in with Wade and hike out Sunday with the other two.
Body and Jer would be heading in from Salt Lake and Wade and I from Logan. We managed to make Photographers Point by noon, We dropped the packs, ate lunch and snapped a few photos. After a 35 minute break we were off. The hike from Eklund to Seneca Lake kicked our BUTTS! It was hot, the trail was pounded into a fine dust from all the foot traffic. We made Seneca lake just before dark, I don't even remember how long it took us to get in. It was by far the most time I have ever spent hiking on a trail.
One of the guys in our group had blisters so bad he stayed in camp the next day and enjoyed Seneca Lake and his hammock while we headed up the trail to Titcomb Basin.
The hike from Seneca Lake over to Island Lake wasn't all that bad. With just small day packs and no weight on our backs, we made good time. The hike from Seneca Lake to Island has a few ups and a few downs. There just big enough to make the hike with a big pack a bear. At one of the big trail junctions coming from the Cooks Lakes we ran into people from all over the US. It was fun chitchatting with all these people. The sight of Island Lake, standing in the last saddle was amazing. It's by far one of the most picturesque places in the Winds.