|Photo I took of the lake in 2010. I took this photo with a media loan camera|
on the day that I hiked up Mount Ellinor to catch the sunrise.
There is a little lake that you can see when you are on the summit of Mount Ellinor. You kind of have to stick your head over the edge to see it. I've never seen anyone down there. Years ago I decided that I wanted to go down there. Years ago I did not have anyone to do these crazy off trail trips with, but now I do. So once again I teamed up with Phil and we went on a slide alder, devil's club, lake bagging, route finding adventure.
The route was only 2 miles but it took us five hours to reach the lake. It looked so much easier on the topo map, but doesn't it always?
|Trail looked good at first, it's 9:50AM|
|Then it turned into a boulder field with no obvious trail|
|More mossy boulders with big gaping caves under them|
|Then the trail turned to brush|
|Then more brush with rocks we could stand on to look out over the brush|
|We lost a lot of time route-finding and stopping to rest|
|We have to go up the meadow yes, but do we really have to cross that notch?|
|Standing on a big rock in the meadow trying to find a less brushy route|
We had to brush crash for about an hour, neither of us had gloves
and there was a lot of Devil's Club and Goose Berry thorns to deal with.
I lost my gloves on the way up and Phil forgot to pack gloves.
|Then we tried to crucify ourselves by bouldering in a slimy creek bed to get over the notch|
|Tricky when wet|
|Looking back down where we came from while standing in the creek|
Out of the creek and into the woods there were flags of many colors
the orange ones are mine, don't follow them, we found a much better route down
|Big Lion's mane, there were three on this log, I only took one|
|Patches rests on top of a log, since she is at my eye level I snap a shot|
|Time for more bouldering, Patches struggled here|
|There was a field of big boulders right before the lake|
the orange speck in the middle is me. Phil took this picture.
|we hit a big flat rocky area just below Mount Washington|
|We found a grassy area where big animals had flattened grass while sleeping|
|At about 3:45 we found the lake. Mount Ellinor is the peak on the left|
|Another view of the lake and Mount Ellinor, it was bigger than I expected|
|Found another one of these on an easier route on the way down|
Back down into the slippery creek bed Phil fell and nearly did
the splits right before I took this photo. Patches is barking her head off
because she is not sure how to get down and she wants us to hurry up.
|The sweet light|
|The clouds are chasing us down the Mountain|
|At 8PM I lose the trail yet again and I look around with my head lamp and then|
I see see my license plate glowing on the road ten feet away from me
|How to make goddess laugh?|
Tell her your plans.
Our actual route the long straight line is where I turned off my GPS on the way
down in order to save battery power