As the high country begins to fill with snow, North Fork hikers are looking for beautiful places to hike in lower elevations. On Friday, three of us hiked the 12-mileQuartz Lake Loop Trail from Bowman Lake. We started off in a cold fog with the vegetation full of frost. The larch trees were ablaze with color. We felt a bit of sun as we crossed over Cerulean Ridge before walking back into the fog. By the time we reached Upper Quartz Lake after 6 miles, we could eat lunch in the sunshine although the temperature remained chilly. We talked with the fish biologists staying in the patrol cabin who are trying to rid the lake of invasive Lake Trout with some success. According to them, Bull Trout numbers are up and Lake Trout numbers are down. We continued to follow the trail beside the middle lake and the lower lake ending the day back at BowmanLake.