It's the year 2004 and she's hiking on trail No.68 , commonly known as the Carl Lake Trail. In many places, it is now a wasteland of dust and blackened trees. Here, we are about a 30 minutes hike up the canyon from the trailhead, and only about 20 minutes hike up from the Nation's two largest Rocky Mountain Douglas Firs. In a real miracle, the two giant firs survived the fire, but at this nearby point it's hostile, thick dust rising in clouds from the hiker's boots and you walk with constant nagging worry about falling trees and limbs... Only the scattered re-sprouting green ferns hint at the extravagant lushness that only a year ago was everwhere in this deep canyon. Miles ahead of this hiker lies 5,500 ft. Carl Lake, still beautiful and intact, a small pocket skipped over by the Fire on every side of it!