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Snowshoeing to Skyline Lake and Beyond

Hiked on : Sunday, 10th March 2019
Elevation Gain : 1500ft
Distance : 3.6 miles round-trip (Ascent – 2 miles, Descent – 1.6 miles)
Activity Overview

A quiet Sunday afternoon, no one around, standing on top of a mountain – amidst tall pine trees, scanning the horizon from left to right, I closed my eyes, stretched my arms wide, tilted my head upward facing the sky, and with all courage, fell back in a free-fall. Thud came the sound! Aw! Well, it definitely wasn’t an attempt to injure myself, but an act of sheer joy 😀 There was a flat smooth blanket of snow beneath me providing an amazing cushion for the fall! Lying down like this, on the shores of the frozen Skyline lake felt so relaxing! Yes, this was one of the moments from another lovely snowshoeing venture on a late-winter weekend.

Our journey started at 7:30am on that Sunday morning after we had a check of all necessary hiking gear and food to be taken along. The trailhead to this hike is approximately 80 miles drive from Seattle and is on the way to Leavenworth.The drive took us 1hr 45 min to reach the parking area opposite to the Stevens Pass Ski resort, driving on US highway 2 and further. Heading out, gearing up with the snow-pants, gloves, beanie and goggles, and carrying the microspikes and snowshoes along, we started the hike at 9:30am on the service road to the west of the parking area.

This winter in Washington and the pacific northwest was special in a way that it had seen greater amounts of snowfall all-around. The trail thus had snow right from the start-point; we began walking on only our boots for initial distance considering fairly hard firm snow. Very soon we had to switch to Microspikes or Snowshoes as the trail was turning out to be more snowy and slushy. We decided to put on Snowshoes, hoping that they would be a better choice further ahead on the trail. The initial climb was steep with distinct paths visible for skiers and snowshoers. The weather was cold too and that resulted in my blocked nose adding to the trouble of steep tiring climb. Yet, we kept walking and after some huff-puff and a decent amount of coverage we reached a Radio tower. The route to Skyline Lake is northwest from this point, leaving the service road and we followed the trail. We took many short breaks that helped me gather my breath and feel better. At the same time, we also enjoyed beautiful views of the Ski resort and the mountains across.

About an hour of climb opened up into something that resembled a huge playground with white glittering floor and tall green pine trees acting like a fence all-around. It was an absolutely amazing sight! Oh yes, this was the Skyline Lake! Frozen to the brim , with fresh layer of thick soft snow. There were only few people around savoring the beauty; Nikhil and I paused for a couple of moments before continuing to cut-through the snowy pathway right in the middle of the Skyline Lake. This was wonderful, but something ahead was better. In about 15 mins, following the ridge west for a quarter of a mile, we reached the beautiful rock garden just before a steep high point on the ridge. It featured enormous rocks, some huge house-sized and these looked splendid covered in fresh snow. We climbed up on one such huge rock that was relatively flat and was a good place to sit down and behold the picturesque views all-around. It turned out to be a bright sunny day with clear skies, building up the warmth around. By this time, I was breathing easy and relieved of the initial tiresome ascent.


Sitting on top facing the Steven Pass Ski resort, we got a panoramic view of all the four types of ski lines and the lifts – the green line in the middle just adjacent to the magic carpet, the blue one next to it, black and double-black towards the left, another line to the extreme right with periodic bumps for ski stunts. This was the same ski resort where I enjoyed snow showers on my very first outing in US to Leavenworth; looking at it from an elevation flashed those scenes on top of my mind and it was a nice feeling. Also the fact that I recently had started learning skiing made the views more relatable. But the best part up there was that the place was not at all crowded; there were only two more people on the summit and probably two more walking the ridge on hind side. Nikhil pointed to the Tye Peak on our left asking if I would want to climb some portion of it. It looked steep and I said, “In sometime”. He went on to explore the other side of the ridge and I stayed at the rock garden. In few minutes I saw him climbing up that slopy stretch! “Careful” I thought to myself, also, “I wanted to do it too! Huh!”. While I sat gazing at the horizon for sometime, the other two summiteers prepared to depart after which I had the whole place for myself! Soothing! I felt very peaceful on this snow-couch. Soon Nikhil returned and we opened up our packed lunch and relished the tasty pulao – it was like a date on the summit amidst glittering white wonder 🙂 We saw a couple of airplanes flying at a distance and leaving prominent white trails in the sky, which added to the beauty of serene scenes around. After more than an hour at the summit, another hiker came in; he offered for a couple of clicks, and why would we deny 😀 We posed, we then clicked more pictures, videos and experimented a ‘reflection in my glasses’ click. After a while, we put-on our snowshoes and backpacks to try that peak again. Walking on the hindside of the ridge, we saw more beautiful views of the tall and pointed Glacier peak and many more surrounding mountains.


This last portion of climb was steep and snowy, and I had to be focussed and careful. I followed Nikhil’s footsteps as he guided me up the hill to a point well past mid-way of Tye’s peak. What I witnessed from there was totally breathtaking! An even better and elevated view of everything around, including the Rock Garden where we had rested a while ago! It was just lovely! Looking back on the other side, the lined up cascades were stunning too. Having no idea of what this hike would be like when we started, little did I expect such views. Again, it was only two of us up there, and it felt merrier 🙂 We spent some peaceful and blissful time enjoying the beauty around and each-others company. We clicked more pictures; we saw a rock naturally decorated with snow and it resembled a person’s face, was nice. After few minutes, looking around one last time, we started the downward journey. Getting down was scarier and I had to be extra-cautious. I avoided looking down directly, for the deep valley would be more frightening; and kept focussing on every footstep following Nikhil’s way. It took more time to get down to the rock garden after which we walked around a bit amidst the tall rocks; the scene looked like a fantastic wall-paper! We indulged in some fun by rolling down small balls of snow which formed shapes that resembled cinnamon rolls rolling down 😀 The quite snowy mountain top had kindled the child within us 🙂


We walked back to the Skyline lake after having spent ample amount of time at the landmarks above it. To our surprise, there was nobody there too! We indulged in more funny activities : did several free-falls on snow, played catch – catch with a bottle cap (diving on snow for those catches was fun), carved large-sized N-D with our snowshoes and recorded few of these crazy moments on our cellphones. Just when we thought we had enough fun and decided to start the descent, we saw a couple of people getting down – a man with his pet dog, and a skier. Luckily we had wrapped up our craziness by this time and no one witnessed:D As we walked back, we saw another group sunbathing at the other end of the lake. It was already 2:30pm by then, and we tried looking for shortcuts to reach down. Making way through the tall pine trees was fun, and I enjoyed this portion as well 🙂 After a point, we joined the main service road trail and walked down on it, also ran down a few steep sections ( thanks to gravity and its pull 😛 ) Somewhere well-past mid-way, we saw snow structures that resembled fencing for tents – it was done by a training group I suppose; we had seen a bunch of people with a trainer on our way up. We continued walking down and after like an hour of entire descent, we reached the trailhead. Here we stopped to celebrate the completion of our hike and to get rid of our snowshoes. This was when we saw a group of 4 people who sledged down the path, it was faster and must have been much more fun (and of-course less tiring 😉 ). Wondering how strong the sleds were, Nikhil got so curious that he went on to enquire only to realize that the guy had bought them back in his childhood and he claimed that they probably don’t make such sleds anymore! Sad!


Well, all these were our bundle of experiences on this superb snowshoeing hike – nice elevation, a good climbing exercise and wonderful views. Another amazing feather on our hat of outdoor adventures as a couple! We reached the parking lot, un-geared and drove back home. By this time, I had become pretty comfortable with snowshoes and thus, this hike to Skyline lake was a very rewarding experience that filled me with plenty of cherishable moments and left me with furthermore cravings to venture into the ever pleasing mother nature 🙂

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First hike as a couple (Featuring Divya along with her post)

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It’s my second week in the beautiful city of Seattle. Recently, my life saw a total turn-over with me getting hitched, quitting my job and traveling all the way to the United States; I was still in this state of realizing all that was happening to me – which seemed more like a screenplay: right from the several months of wedding preparations, setting up baseline for myself in the US, handling last few months of my beloved job to finally getting married, being welcomed by a warm and huge new family, visiting relatives, packing for my big travel, leaving my homeland and landing in Washington. Indeed a lot to sync-in and much more coming up!

Saturday, 26th Jan 2019, our second weekend together and Nikhil had planned a surprise outing, a beginner’s hike close-by. All I knew was that we would be snowshoeing and I was pretty excited as well as nervous considering it was the first time I would be doing something like that. The preparations started few days before and this is when I saw how much passion my husband has towards these hikes. He ensured I had almost all the necessary gear – thanks to Decathlon and REI, we bought hiking shoes, snow-shoes, gaiters, hiking poles, beanie, gloves, sunglasses, jacket and a lot more! Of-course multiple layers of clothes have always been my companion if I have to venture out of our home here.

On that Saturday, we woke up at 5am, got ready, gathered all the hiking stuff we had set-up the previous night, along with the deliciously cooked pulao for lunch & the bread upma as breakfast on our drive to the destination. After ensuring we had all things ticked from my husband’s checklist for the outing, we headed out at 6:15am, drove to his friend Sai’s place, and left Seattle at 7am in his brand-new Jeep Cherokee. The drive was pleasant with lots of fun-talks, the filling breakfast and my power-nap before we reached close to our destination. We could see the lovely country-side all along, very soon the road-sides had snow and at 10 miles close to our destination we could witness the morning sun-rays and snow-covered mountain tops. This was a perfect pathway to welcome us on our hike to the Artist Point! Yes, we drove into the Mt Baker mountain area and I was revealed of what we would be up-to on this lovely day.

The trailhead to Artist Point is at the last parking area on the right at the end of the road, as we continue to drive on the Mount Baker Highway past the Picture Lake (which was frozen currently). This being my first hike with my hiker-husband, I was eager to see what it would be like. I had already had an aerial glimpse of these astonishing mountain ranges and the splendid Pacific North-west region while landing into Washington state (Nikhil says I was lucky to see such beautiful views and clear skies on my very first travel here).  I gathered that this hike would be roughly a 3.5-mile round trip snowshoe with about 1000 ft elevation gain, and we dressed-up with all the appropriate gears and finally the snow-shoes. It was around 10:40am when we started and the trail was snow-covered right from the beginning. So, this would be my first proper hike on a snow after my two-and-half years earlier one to the Hamta Pass in the Himalayas where I did do roughly a 10km roundtrip on snow (with the hiking shoes and not the snowshoes). My liking towards snow had triggered then, and the very initial trail to Artist Point already seemed a perfect onset to that ignited spark. The weather was sunny with clear skies, perfect for a beginner like me, yet I was feeling a bit cold, especially my fingers. This being a popular destination, there were almost always clearly visible tracks to follow. I began walking, learning to snowshoe and handle the snow-poles. Initially there were various tracks in the open and a relatively flat terrain adjacent to the ski area. As we ascended, the trail got a bit steeper which followed exactly the ski area boundary that was clearly marked. There were already gorgeous views of snow-covered peaks and the north-face of Table-top Mountain, and we clicked a few pictures. Nikhil insisted we walk further and there would be much more to be amazed of, and we continued hiking. He kept capturing nice moments all-along using the Gopro.

As we marched further, I witnessed the sparkling snow all around – few portions converted into trails by the fellow hikers, and ample other portion untouched, glittering to the peak of its beauty, reflecting the warm sun-rays. The pine trees in between added to the picturesque scenes. I was getting slightly better with the snow-shoes, at the same time my body started warming up. Soon I wanted to remove a layer of clothing and my fingers got better. We continued walking; there were few steep ascents and I skid on the ground unable to find firm foot on the fresh steep snow. Nikhil came to my rescue, and taught me the technique to better utilize spikes on my snowshoe. I was enjoying it but wanted to take breaks since the ascent was a bit tiring till now. We reached a point where there were awesome views all-around and I was left spellbound already! It was a rewarding experience to ascend further into the wide open terrain. There were many routes to reach the Artist Point – few easier trails and a couple of steep climbs which we didn’t take. I heard from Nikhil that this area typically gets lots of snow: it even holds the world record for total amount of snowfall within a season. These snow-covered mountains and the white valleys were no less a proof to this fact! We clicked more pictures and continued our journey.

The final climb to Artist Point was a bit steeper again and flattened out into a beautiful slightly hilly area, with the mighty Mt Baker and Mt Shuksan visible on either sides. There were also the Huntoon point and the Table-top mountain among several other peaks which exemplified the beauty. All this was heavenly and words would fall short to describe the views all-around! I was exhausted, yet the beauty struck deep to me. We finally reached the place with a couple of pine trees standing tall on the snow-laden floor and this was Artist Point! It was around 1pm, the whole ascend was rewarding and I was glad that I had finally made it. Nikhil and Sai went in search of a place to rest and have lunch, while I was still rejoicing and assimilating such beauty all-around. They soon found one and I followed. We made a flat surface amidst the snow to sit back and relax. Nikhil had tips for almost everything we ventured upon, right from the way of dumping backpacks on snow to the final scanning before leaving a place we took halts at! We opened up our lunch that was a mixture of sweets and savouries with the yummy pulao cooked by my husband. I usually used to see pictures of him having royal lunches like these amidst the mountains and today I was with him too! Felt amazing! The eat energized us, and the serene view soothed our eyes. It was windy and I started having trouble with my fingers again trying to get them warm; also juggling with my smuff, beanie and the goggles. Nikhil was suggesting that I explore around and kept insisting on how I should handle my trouble and this got me irritated for a while. Anyways, after few moments of these rectification, I was fine and stood still witnessing the majestic glory; there was silence around, with only the sound of wind – all of these calming the mind. Peace!

After lunch, we started taking a lot pictures, experimenting with the Gopro, DSLR lens and our phone cameras. Many funny ones, few candid and few poses – lovely clicks and lovelier memories with them! Capturing Mt Baker, Mt Shuksan and several others in the background, it felt like me and Nikhil were having a mini post-wedding photo shoot at the Artist Point! What more could we have asked for; it was an amazing and an enriching hike all this while.

My very informative husband who was on this hike for the third time went on to describe further: a short 1.5 miles round trip to Huntoon Point is a great way of taking in more of the scenery; people also tend to extend their hike to eight miles by circumnavigating the Table-top mountain. He also added that Mt. Shuksan has always amazed him on his yearly hikes here and is a steep difficult summit point. Overall, it was well spent two hours at the Artist Point, with lots of clicks, snow-fights, panoramic capture experiment, photosphere click and we finally decided to head back so that we reach the parking area well before sunset. It was around 2:45pm and we started the descend. I loved walking on fresh snow ignoring the trails and my legs would go deep into the snow, at times till my knee! We kept walking down and my skids continued; again Nikhil to my rescue! I imitated a Snow-fairy motion and he captured those silly moments for me. We decided to take the steep section which we had skipped on our onward journey and I had another fun experience there. We saw a fellow-hiker glissading down this section and Nikhil asked if I wanted to try; we then decided that I would do it at half the height. Eventually, I glissaded down the fresh snow, and it was a thrilling 10+ second slide which I enjoyed a lot. While glissading, I was also busy trying to keep my feet up and not touching the snow, and handling my beanie & smuff which almost came off by the time I finished. There was considerable snow collected in my clothes that I had to put-off, after which I was fine to proceed 😛 Sai, Nikhil and my talks continued all-along as we recollected our journey till now. We had started back pretty late and headed down slowly, and there were very few fellow-hikers around. I kept looking back regularly to get a glimpse of where we had been, and the views kind-of kept calling me back each time! I was overwhelmed by the whole experience and a sense of deep satisfaction and sheer joy encircled me 🙂

It was 4:30pm when we reached the parking area to see it empty except for few cars, probably of people whom we saw camping on the hills overnight. We removed our gears, got back to normal attire and got back into the car, all set to drive back. The frozen Picture Lake was the last thing we saw, and it probably is much more beautiful when it is not frozen 😀 The drive back was the same highway with the mountain peaks visible all-along and my mind was still lingering amidst them, somewhere in the magical Artist Point! This was my first snowshoeing experience, an activity I certainly would like to re-do over and over again 🙂 With my hiker husband along, I am assured I surely will! Loads of love to him for making this superb trip happen!

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Snow Camping on frozen Colchuck Lake

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Distance: 16 miles roundtrip
Elevation: 3600 feet
Activity: Snowshoeing and Snow camping

During the Lake Ingalls outing, a fellow hiker had described the perks of camping in Washington and I was waiting for an opportunity ever since. I had bought a tent too and hadn’t used it yet. The meetup event for Colchuk lake and Sunny weather forecast coincided and I signed up for it. Also, I loved the view of Dragontail peak and the name Asgard pass which adorns the lake. I followed the checklist for snow camping and had the most of the gear except an extra pair of woolen socks. The gear including sleeping bag, mattress, tent, stove, layers, extra clothes, etc weighed around 30 pounds and I thought I would be okay with the weight. My main source of food was a rice dish which my flatmate and I had prepared the previous day and I complimented it with Phulkas, Oats, Eggs, Energy bars, Bananas, Dry fruits and Cocoa powder. Along the trip, I would mainly learn about the sacrifices one has to make for the snow camping.

3 of us showed up at the Eastgate Park and Ride and we drove to the start of forest road near Leavenworth which was 4 miles away from the actual trailhead. We had to hike extra 8 miles in total due to the road closure. I left my ice axe to be frugal on weight, wore a beacon which the organizer gave and started with the microspikes at around 10:20 AM. I felt the weight pretty soon and within no time, I felt tightness on my chest due to the upper belt. I struggled but kept pushing myself. I had to frequently dust off snow sticking on my spikes, we hadn’t realized that it was snowshoe area until we saw other hikers marching fast with them. To distract myself from the agony, I kept counting 1-500 steps and repeated it multiple times and figured that 4-5 sets of 1-500 would make a mile. After taking many breaks initially, I actually did 1 mile without stopping following that method of distraction. Crossing on a narrow bridge later was quite interesting where we crossed it over even narrower snow deposits balancing with the help of poles on the railings. I had my lunch there and that would be the last big meal of my day. Even after 5.5 miles of hiking, we had only gained little over half the elevation of 3600 feet. So the rest came in final 2.5 miles and 1000 feet came in the last 1 mile which basically drained most of my energy. I was following a fellow hiker and he took frequent steep shortcuts which added to the struggle. Finally, we reached the frozen lake at around 4:30 PM. The blue sky, white blanket of snow with Dragon tail Peak, Asgard pass and Colchuk glacier on the other end of the lake looked soothingly beautiful and enjoying it, I kind of forgot the tiredness. But we had to set up camp soon. The snow on the lake was tested by early hikers as we saw them camped right in the middle of the lake. We chose a spot bit closer to the shore and started setting up the camp. I got the tips for camping and did my best to follow. First, I had to flatten/harden the floor by walking/stomping on a wide area where I would pitch my tent and cook. I pitched the tent, set the air mattress and sleeping bag quite efficiently while watching the Sun’s golden rays on the surroundings. Except my feet, I wasn’t that cold and didn’t even wear an extra layer of gloves. While digging, we hit the slush and wondered a bit if we should camp a bit higher. But since the water level was around 2 feet down, we stayed put. After setting up the camp, I melted the snow for hot water and made myself a cocoa drink. I didn’t feel like eating much for the night and I lay down in the tent for rest of the night. I had carried a 2 person tent and it was spacious. So I dumped most of the things I would need for the night in the tent. I was foolish not to wear down booties in the sleeping bag. Even though, my feet felt little better, they were no close to being warm and cozy. I was also foolish to leave my backpack totally outside which looked like it had weathered a snowstorm in the morning. I didn’t come out of the tent till morning except to pee once in the night and stars looked okay in the night sky. I knew I slept because of the dreams I remembered. Even though I was not that cold, I didn’t sleep quite well. I am not sure which reason contributed more to not enjoying the experience thoroughly – tiredness, thoughts or the cold. I just let it pass and spent the night alternating between sleeping on my back and side.

There was hardly any wind throughout the night but there were was a light snowfall in the morning. I was hoping for a colorful Sunrise, but clouds had other plans. So I came out of the tent much later (around 9 AM) and made myself a hot cocoa drink again. I couldn’t see the flames on the stove and I assumed something had gone wrong. After wasting 3 matchsticks, I realized that it was just that I couldn’t see it. My feet was very cold and they had lost hopes on me that I would take care. I wore a liner and hoped to feel better. I repeatedly kept moving my toes to ensure they hadn’t frozen completely. The gaiters had turned into a papad and also the shoes had stiffened since I had left them out too. I packed everything soon and I was ready with my backpack. Sun was out and I went to explore to be in motion and enjoy the surroundings. Dragontail peak looked like a towering Gopura in-front and the jagged peaks around looked stunning in the bright light. The organizer asked me to remove the liner for better circulation and the other hiker offered me a fresh pair of socks. Even though they felt similar to the one I was wearing, I took it mainly because I didn’t want to hurt his feelings and I didn’t want to look foolish if something went wrong. I actually felt better with my bare feet. We left the place around 12 PM and started our descent. The far surrounding mountains looked amazing and I felt the views were comparable to the ones I saw during Rupin pass. Again, I acknowledged and appreciated the fact that I am in Washington where the mountains are so close to the place where I live, that I was just hours away from the comfort of my bed. I hadn’t used around 40% of my gear and I didn’t feel that backpack’s weight had reduced. I was quite slow in the initial steep descent but after that I just stormed through the rest of the way. From 2.5 mile mark to the end(8 miles), I counted 14 sets of 1-500 steps which helped me keep my mind away from the tiredness. I thought I did fairly well for the first snow camping but I realized that my toes had sort of numbed and tingling sensation had developed by the time I reached home. Though it has reduced, I still have it even after 2 days at the time of writing. We stopped for food at Leavenworth and drove to Seattle to reach around 8:15 PM. I had realized about the daylight saving’s time late and was quite happy that I had to spend 1 less hour in the cold. It was a great experience with good learnings.

Tips:

  • Be very serious about the gear. Snow camping can be dangerous if un-prepared.
  • Rice worked well for 1 day camping. Carry some cocoa powder, etc for tasty hot drink.
  • I had this stove and it was very easy to manage.
  • Shoes and socks are super important and make sure you have extra sock and comfortable shoes.
  • Dumping all the heavy stuff in the bottom of the backpack might help shift the load from shoulders to hips.

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Snowshoeing to Lanham Lake

A meetup event with last minute change of plans due to crowded Stevens pass forced us to park at Nordic center and snowshoe to Lanham lake instead of the original plan of Skyline Lake. It was insanely crowded and I was surprised to see the number of cars waiting to blanket the parking lots. Even though we reached around 9:15 AM, we couldn’t find a spot at the ski resort and at the next lot too. I wasn’t expecting much due to the forecast, but the clouds were over the mountains and we had nice views. The frozen lake nestled between snow covered trees with tall mountains in the background and Sun peeping occasionally from the clouds. I wore my new Cortez down and hard shell jacket which kept me warm throughout and I cherished the bright blue color on me. The organizer had bought Green tea and shared with everyone. I played around walking on the frozen lake and pushed a bit by inching more towards the middle. It was an easy short snowshoe but still a rewarding outing.

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Snowshoeing to Fool’s Day Peak

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An outing to Fool’s Day Peak on Fool’s day(April 1st) was too tempting to resist. The forecast was ok and somehow the description from the meetup organizer sounded that we wouldn’t expect great views. But we were fooled, we had fantastic views and beautiful sunny weather for half the hike. Also, I rented a Subaru Crosstrek intended for a thorough test drive but unfortunately there was no snow on the roads till the trailhead.

The snow was slushy and we started snowshoeing from early on. Since this was not a beated trail, our team broke it and it was only our group on the peak for the day. Snowshoes really helped and I was wearing my new Quechua shoes which I was very happy with. We started in a overcast weather and there were partial views of Cle Elum lake and mountains along the trail. The last part was steep where we gained around 2000 ft in 1.5 miles. We were welcomed at the peak with an interesting ridge with safe cornices alongside and great views all around. It was windy and quite cold, so we found warmer places beside trees and sat down for lunch. This is where the fun started. People started wearing funny hats and there was music, potluck styled food and wine. We were having gala time and then the Sun joined the party. I was dancing around with happiness and told my friends that I don’t need alcohol to get ‘high’, I just need to be on a ‘high’ mountain. We could see more sky when we were leaving and most of rest of the hike was in bright light. As usual, I felt good thrusting my snowshoes in the soft slushy snow and I avoided taking the beated trail since it felt hard on the sole. Due to this, 2 times I got one of my foot stuck in the deep snow and I had to dig myself out of this which was a new experience to me. We had to pass the steep sections and it was a dramatic scene wherein everyone started taking their own comfortable routes down between the trees. I did something different and started to descend rapidly mimicking mini zigzag ski descent. It felt awesome and I throughly enjoyed it. Cle Elum lake and surroundings was wonderful and we completed the hike taking in rest of the beauty. Lost my sunglasses somewhere during the descent, so the next sunglasses I will be buying will be with straps.

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