Sunday, July 3, 2011

Margaret Lake - Sort of

On Saturday we decided to go for a hike. We have the book Day Hiking:Snoqualmie Region that we keep in our car, so when we decide to go for a hike we flip it open to a page and where ever we land on we go. This led us on a hike of Margaret Lake.

Now the book says that this is a hike to do from June - September but I have to disagree with them.

The dirt road leading up to the trail head was very poorly maintained with huge pot holes littering the way. We were originally going to hike a different trail that was slightly further up the road, but had to turn around because the road was blocked by a few feet of snow still.

We made our way to the trail head after walking a ways down a rocky service road. As we continued hiking the narrow trail we started to come upon parts that were covered in snow. The snow was melting, since it was 70 degrees out, and at certain points you could tell there was nothing underneath supporting the snow sheet.

At some points the snow was several feet deep still, and since there trail was basically just the water drain off ditch we lost the actual trail under the snow and ended up following others footsteps hoping they knew where they were going....

Turned out, they didn't.....

We ended at a steep incline filled with rotting tree trunks. We debated what to do. There was a summit up at the top, though we were sure this was no longer the trail, we came all this way already, we wanted to get to the top of something. So we climbed, quite literally - holding onto protruding rocks, stumps and anything else we could get our hands on.

Did I mention that our friend came along with us, who just had surgery on his wrist a few weeks ago?
And don't forget the two year old tagging along in the Ergo.

At the top was a beautiful view of the neighboring mountains and a lake below.

We never made it to Margaret Lake - even though we think we found where the trail was supposed to go after we slide/walked down the slope we were ready to call it a day.

Maybe we'll go back to Margaret Lake at the end of summer - the lake is supposed to be beautiful with camping along it's edge.

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