Mallard and De Lacy Lakes - June 30, 2017

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Scatman
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Mallard and De Lacy Lakes - June 30, 2017

Post by Scatman » Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:29 pm

I just realized that these forums were back up, so I apologize for the delay in posting this report.

On June 30th, I backpacked into Mallard Lake with my daughter for a three night stay at campsite 0B3 on the east side of the lake. On day two, we hiked off-trail, east to De Lacy Lakes, where we passed by a few unnamed ponds along the way and when we reached the lakes, we had an otter entertain us while we ate our lunch on the lake shore. On day three, we started off on the Mallard Creek Trail, but quickly headed off-trail again to an unnamed pond which is located northeast of Old Faithful. The unnamed pond is located about 2 miles as the crow flies from Old Faithful or 1 mile west of Mallard Lake for those who have a map handy. On our fourth day, we packed up and headed back to the trailhead and then a stop at the Bear Pit before heading home.

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Early morning departure from Salt Lake City

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Map of our route to Mallard Lake

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A Bison, giving us the "eye" along the Mallard Lake Trail

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My daughter in her backpacking attire

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A marmot along the trail

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Friendly little chipmunk

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Trail Junction Sign

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Mallard Lake

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Mallard Lake

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Our tent at campsite 0B3

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Map of our route to De Lacy Lakes on day 2

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Pond #1

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Me, and a little snow between the lakes

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Pond #3

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De Lacy Lakes (West Lake)

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Otter at De Lacy Lakes

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Otter

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De Lacy Lakes (West Lake)

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Map of route to unnamed pond on day 3

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Unnamed pond - hundreds of elk track around this pond

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Off-trail hiking in Yellowstone sometimes requires some balancing

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Of course, Mallard Lake this time of year is mosquito heaven

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Sunset on our last night at Mallard Lake

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On our way back to the trailhead

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The Firehole River



lah
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Re: Mallard and De Lacy Lakes - June 30, 2017

Post by lah » Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:11 pm

Looks like a great adventure, except for the mosquitoes!



Scatman
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Re: Mallard and De Lacy Lakes - June 30, 2017

Post by Scatman » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:15 am

Thanks lah. Mallard Lake makes for a short (quick) backpacking trip, which suited us this time, and I think it would make for a splendid day hike also. As for the mosquitoes, while they bite me, I don't have any reaction to the bite itself. They never itch afterwards and you'd be hard pressed to know that I'd been bitten. My daughter on the other hand is the complete opposite. If she is bitten it will welt up a bit and the itchiness drives her up a wall. Needless to say, she always ends up with a couple of bites no matter what precautions we use. They are persistent little critters.
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Max
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Re: Mallard and De Lacy Lakes - June 30, 2017

Post by Max » Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:48 pm

I was going to ask how the mosquitoes were at that time of year. Question answered. ;)

Max



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