21 Jul 2002 - 2:23:55 PM
Yesterday I hiked the Snow Lake Trail with Greg (I apologize for his purple background -- blanched almond is so much better). The beginning flat part of the trail and the switchbacks up the south side of the ridge were snow-free, but the north side down to the lake still had a lot of snow. Between the two of us we had a pair of trekking poles -- not quite enough gear to make a safe descent. The snowy slopes were fairly steep, with boulders and trees poking through -- one slip and you'd be sliding fast and hitting something hard. We contented ourselves with the view of the lake from the ridge, a broken pattern of ice slowly melting across the lake surface -- very pretty. Headed west along the ridge to a spot with a good view of the lake and nearby Chair Peak, where we hung out and ate lunch.
On the way down, we took the Source Lake Overlook spur trail, which neither of us had ever taken before, and were very pleasantly surprised. Lots of waterfalls, and the view of small Source Lake was fairly dramatic. A circle of water surrounded by thick ice and snow, with a slab of ice on the right about as big as the exposed portion of the lake calved in but not broken up or melted.
Although some areas still had a lot of snow, others didn't. It was strange to see Guye and Snoqualmie Peaks completely clear of snow because the last time I was there (5/17) the snow reached all the way down to the parking lot.
It would be nice to post some pictures of the hike along with this entry, but it'll probably be a while before I finish the current roll of film. Maybe when I start getting paid again I'll splurge on a digital camera.