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In the high alpine meadows amid the mountains, one finds hardy, bright yellow and purple wildflowers on the banks of the creek connecting Lake 10542 and Lake 10741, the second and third lakes on the way to Europe Pass.
Oct 14, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
Pretty alpine meadows amid the high Peaks of the Wind Rivers near Lake 10542 on the way to Europe Pass. The peak looming ahead to the north, hides Europe Pass and the fifth/last lake on the way to Europe Pass.
Oct 14, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
Looking back/southwest at Lake 10542 in the rocky, grassy alpine meadows when heading to the third lake, Lake 10741, on the way to Europe Pass.
Oct 14, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
Reflections in the second lake, Lake 10542, on the way to Europe Pass, on a calm, perfect August morning.  Seen from the southwest end of Lake 10542.
Oct 14, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
Still in the forest, this tiny lake is the first of five lakes when hiking up to Europe Pass. Mt. Victor, 12,254 ft., is the peak (center left) seen to the north-northwest from this lake.
Oct 14, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
The high rocky, grass meadows of the Wind Rivers. The three peaks in the center in the far distance are the back/west side of Cirque of the Towers.
Oct 13, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
Yet another pretty little lake in the alpine meadows beneath the Continental Divide to the east.  Mountains (left to right) are Mt. Bonneville, 12,585 ft., Raid Peak, 12,532 ft., unnamed, Mt. Geikie, 12,378 ft.
Oct 12, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
Looking north across the north Pipestone Lake, Mt. Victor, 12,254 ft., rises in the distance.
Oct 12, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
North Fork Lake's inlet creek that flows down from Lake Victor.
Oct 12, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
Looking south across North Fork Lake from the CDT.
Oct 12, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
Heading north on the CDT from Big Sandy trailhead, mountains of the Continental Divide rise in the distance.
Oct 12, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
The CDT travels north along Dads Lake with (left to right) Mt. Geikie, 12,378 ft., unnamed, Tower Peak, 12,330 ft., and Mt. Hooker, 12,504 ft., in the distance.
Oct 12, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
Marms Lake along the CDT with Mt. Geikie, 12,378 ft., in the distance to the north-northwest, on a perfect August morning.
Oct 12, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
Dawn breaks over the Continental Divide (the far peaks left center), along the CDT near Raid Lake. Just west of the Continental Divide are Pronghorn Peak, 12,388 ft. (left), Mt. Bonneville, 12, 585 ft. (center), and Raid Peak, 12,532 ft. (right).
Oct 12, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
The bigger cairn marking Europe Canyon Alternate Trail Start is next to Valley LakeTrail on the north side.
Oct 11, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
Lower center is the bigger cairn that marks the start of Europe Canyon Alternate Trail Start. Head straight up the center to pick up more obvious trail in the trees.
Oct 11, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
Medina Mountain, 11,541 ft. (center), looms in the distance. The tiny cairn in the lower left corner marks the start of Europe Canyon Trail.  Seen looking west on Valley Lake Trail.
Oct 11, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
Looking west across Valley Lake from Valley Lake Trail, Medina Mountain, 11,541 ft. (left), is not too far away.
Oct 11, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY