Seven Devils

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Seven Devils is one of Idaho's sweet spots for backpacking.  With peaks named she-devil and ogre, you gaze in awe at their towering presence.  The Seven Devils are located in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and are a favorite destination for many hikers.  The views are breath-taking where you can look into one of the worlds deepest canyons while gaze at rugged peaks well over 8000 feet.  In addition, if you are fortunate you will see some Idaho's most amazing wildlife including mountain goats.  

On this adventure, instead of hiking the ten miles to sheep lake on the trail, we took a shortcut over what is called the fishermans trail.  The trail is a bit difficult to locate and will take you over very dangerous terrain, including a narrow trail on a cliff with over a 100 foot drop off on one side.  So watch your step.  

Sheep Lake Short Cut

Looking down on sheep lake from the fisherman's shortcut.  The view is spectucular and if we had follow the actual trail, I would of never captured this perspective.  

Sheep Lake Short Cut
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Mountain Flowers

Just as you crest over the ridge, you see Sheep Lake below.  Traveling through the high country, you can see numerous bighorn sheep in this area.  

Mountain Flowers
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Sheep Lake at Sunset

When we managed to finally reach Sheep Lake, the sun was setting fast.  I just had a few minutes to take a quick dip in the lake after grueling hike over the "fishermans trail".  Never again will I take a shortcut without out doing my research.  

Sheep Lake at Sunset
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Seven Devils Bear Grass

Every once in a while, when the conditions are right, bear grass grows in plenty.  This is really a rare event to find so much Bear Grass in one area. 

Seven Devils Bear Grass
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Sheep Lake in the Morning

Waking up in the morning at Sheep Lake in the Seven Devils provided a unique opportunity to photograph the many little meadows and side ponds in the area.  Even for late July, the grass is green and the peaks still have snow on them.  

Sheep Lake in the Morning
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