Feb 13, 2017 We found a winter wonderland today!
After doing some avalanche research, Kerri and I decided this would be the place to be. I was informed that there are 2 danger zones for this and we did spot them. Make sure you check the ratings before heading out there. We actually witnessed a small avalanche while at 3rd lake. It was pretty loud for a small one.
To my surprise, there were very few on the trail today. A few skiers and a couple small groups. Mostly quiet. A few dogs off leash and some dog crap here and there. (signs indicating on leash only) The trail was well packed down and well marked. If you strayed off the trail...you sank up to your knees. :) I started with my microspikes but after a while they started collecting ice balls on the bottom. I ended up doing the trek in my hiking boots. Zeus assisted with the ascend and descend. I actually got to ski as well. :) He was in husky mode today so I decided to embrace it, and slid down most of the hills. A lot of fun!
As we weaved through the majestic forest and towering trees, I wondered how this trek would compare to the last visit here. I discovered that I absolutely love this place in the winter! Not so much in the summer. It was a completely different experience. It was reverentially peaceful, with sparkling gems glistening in the sunlight. When we reached the third lake, it was like walking through the looking glass. Into a spoonful of magic. I could have very easily stayed there for hours. It was so warm, I could have worn a t-shirt. Fantastic!
On the way down I was thinking, if we hadn't had to get back to reality, this trail is very doable in the dark with headlamps. I would have stayed for the sunset and stars. :) I'll definitely return for winter camping. If not this year, the next.
Happy trails :)
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