It was such a nice day and I didn't have a lot of time so I decided to head out for a quick solo trip to Lindeman Lake. Just past the Tamihi bridge was a great view of Elk Mountain and Mount Thurston to the left. Anyone who went up there this morning would have had crystal clear skies and plenty of sunshine with the southern exposure.
The trail to Lindeman was compact snow/ice right from the start. I was thankful I brought my micro-spikes. There was a bit of windfall but mostly just branches to duck under. It was interesting crossing the main bridge to hear running water further up the creek and downstream but no sound of water directly beneath the bridge. The debris and snow were sufficient to muffle any sound. At the lake itself it was virtually silent, one of pleasures of hiking in the winter.
The lake was frozen over. I saw a couple of guys heading out to the far end to do some ice fishing. They said the ice was about 10 inches thick. I took their word for it from the shore.
The conditions were great for a hike. No wind, clear skies and not too cold. The temperature at the lake in the sun at 10:30 was 4 degrees.
A few tents near the beginning of the trail and up at the lake. I saw about 10 other hikers out there this morning. No wildlife encountered other than a number of flocks of small birds on the drive up that made little effort to yield to oncoming traffic. I thought we had a pact.
Great little hike, took about an hour and a half with a decent break at the top. The return drive up from the Vedder Crossing is about the same but is very scenic on a day like today.