The Norton Lakes Trail in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA) is a popular hike.
Round-trip the hike is about 4.5 miles and the lake itself is a great destination for fishing. Kyle, Shae Dog and Mary Dog joined me for a surgical strike to test out our new light weight trip fishing gear. The gear is compact, but we had a hard time getting the reel to work with the spool. Too bad – the trout were aplenty.
Mary and Shae moved up from retrieving sticks to logs from the lake.
Near the trail-head were some recently downed trees cut to clear the trail. By my count the tree in the photo below was 370 years old when it fell. For some perspective, Rembrandt was at the height of his career when the tree first sprouted.