I headed out for the Round Lake trail which circles Bear Lakes and also skirts Long Lake (see my post of June 14)This is a short hike of about 5 miles with little elevation gain and skirts 5 different alpine lakes. Jeremy has been called out to fight the Mendocino National Forest fire, so I am dog sitting his dog Rio. It doesn't look like Jeremy will be back before I leave for backpacking so Rio is doing some "conditioning" hikes with me with her dog packs in case she needs to go with me.
The trail traverses around the eastern shore of Long Lake with a good view of Elles Peak which I hiked in May. That area was full of snow fields then.
Long Lake looking towards Mt. Elles where I hiked in May:
Rio did well with the dog packs. They didn't seem to slow her down at all.
Next I decided to go check out the Sierra Buttes Lookout. You can drive within 2.5 miles of the lookout and then there is a steep accent for the remaining 2.5 miles which includes about 180 metal steps.