Looking for an early season destination, we decided on Jacques Lake. We woke Saturday morning to unpredictable skies, and drove to the trailhead which heads north from the far end of Medicine Lake. Initially an easy 4x4 track, the trail passes Beaver Lake. After 4 km you reach the first of the summit lakes and the trail narrows, crossing some nasty deadfall between a couple of the lakes. It kept threatening to rain. After the last of the summit ponds, the trail follows the creek down to Jacques Lake, keeping in the trees the whole time. The lakeside campground was a beautiful setting. The place was empty; we enjoyed a 3 hour nap, waking at supper time. Suddenly, a group of 11 hikers showed up and our solitude was suspended. They were, however, an enjoyable group.
I woke up early to take some pictures while everyone was still asleep. Ducks and loons were active, but the resident moose didn't show up unfortunately. The hike out was uneventful.
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