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Yates Mountain (Barrier Lake Lookout)

This is my last day of the Christmas solo adventure. My original plan was to scramble up Mt. Baldy, a moderate scramble. But the wind speed was approaching the craziest that I’ve ever experienced before. I can barely stand on the ground. So it might not be safe to do scrambles with some exposures. Yates Mountain is a good alternative located near Mt. Baldy, and it’s just a hike, mostly in the trees. The summit is also called Barrier Lake Lookout.

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Yamuska
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Yamuska
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Barrier Lake & Mt Baldy
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Barrier Lake & Mt Baldy
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Barrier Lake in the morning
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Barrier Lake in the morning
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Yates Mountain
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Yates Mountain
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Initial part of the trail
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Initial part of the trail
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At the first lookout
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At the first lookout
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McConnel Ridge
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McConnel Ridge
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Looking down Highway 40
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Looking down Highway 40
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Mt Baldy
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Mt Baldy
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The first glance of the prairie
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The first glance of the prairie
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The prairie
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The prairie
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Almost there
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Almost there
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Mt Yamuska
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Mt Yamuska
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The prairie
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The prairie
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Helicopter pad on the summit
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Helicopter pad on the summit
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Peaks east of Highway 40
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Peaks east of Highway 40
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The prairie
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The prairie
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Grotto Mountain
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Grotto Mountain
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Panorama looking west
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Panorama looking west
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Lawrence Grassi at center
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Lawrence Grassi at center
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Skogan Peak
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Skogan Peak
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Grotto, Gap, Fable
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Grotto, Gap, Fable
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Mt Baldy
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Mt Baldy
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Barrier Lake & Mt Baldy
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Barrier Lake & Mt Baldy
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