Friday, May 12, 2017

LIttle Soda Lake

  The views are spectacular.  It has everything...forests, sage, water features, meadows, wildflowers, mountain vistas. See the post on Lowline-Glimpse Lake for more trail options from the same trailhead.  Also includes the "Summit Lake Trail" that goes to Chambers Bay. (We haven't ridden THAT particular part, but plan to soon and will add information and photos as we can.)
(Update:  July 17, 2018--The Fremont Ridge and connector portion of that trail system is currently clogged with deadfall, almost impassable. This part is not an "official" trail that the Forest Service wants maintained. So, I have removed any photos and landmark hints from this blog.)

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Little Soda Lake

Directions from Pinedale.  It's about 7 miles on a dirt road.
This is a herd of draft horses by Soda Lake.  You may pass them on your drive in.  They are used in the winter to pull sleds to feed the elk herd that winters here.  This area is owned and managed by Wyoming Fish and Game.

Here are two parking spots. There is room for several rigs there or at the next one. The road has now been graded between the two and the second one gets you closer to the Little Soda doubletrack without having to ride an extra mile on dirt road.  There is also a clearing just before the lower circled spot that provides room for several rigs. Many times there are campers there. 

This track was done on May 10, 2017.  About 7.2 miles.  Min. altitude=7,507'; Max. altitude=7,802';  Trail conditions were muddy and some snow, but also much dry ground.  20% rocky, 80% dirt, grass.  

This is NOT Little Soda, but a "pond" named "Mud Lake".

Mud Lake...still a nice water feature, May 10

A view of Mud Lake on July 22, 2017

There was some snow on May 10, 2017
Spectacular view of Fremont Lake, May 10

One of the water features on May 10, 2017 that disappeared later in the season.

View of  "Summit" lake or "Chain" lake depending on which map you look at.

Another water feature that we had to ride right through on May 10.
One of the "mini meadows".  This particular one was knee deep in water in May, 2017, but was clear in July.  I named it "Dead Elk Meadow".

Heading back by Mud Lake after seeing Little Soda Lake.

Another view of Fremont Lake from a little lower location.

Little No Name pond on the way to the east side of Little Soda.

View of Little Soda from the east side.

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