Explorer | 55 pts
This was an awesome trip. My wife and I made 4 days of it, but both agreed that we could spend weeks up there. In 4 days, we only saw 3 other people other than a few on the way out as we were going in. The mosquitos weren't nearly as bad as everyone says.... My wife tells a different story, but I only got bitten a couple times when my repellant wore off.
We started late on Sunday and made it to Duffy lake in time to build camp and do some fishing. Monday we overslept and didn't get on the trail until early afternoon but made it to Jorn lake early enough for some more fishing, which was great here. There are some really nice Brook Trout in this lake and a few Rainbows as well.
Then next morning, we again overslept, so our planned loop around Marion Lake didn't happen. Instead we opted to stay camped at Jorn Lake and do a day hike. During which, we discovered Blue Lake.... had I known it was that close, we'd have pushed on to camp there. Blue Lake is by far one of the most beautiful lakes in the basin.
Our last day we got up early, and hiked past the Dixie lakes and up to Santiam Lake. WOW... what views of Three Fingered Jack! It was awesom. After lunch at Santiam Lake, we hiked out to the trail head.
This is definitely an area that we will explore again soon.