I took the ferry to Kirkland and spent the night at my deceased mother's condo. At 6:30 I got up and drove my mother's car to the trail head. I figure her car needs to be driven once a week and her condo needs to be occupied a few nights each week. I am combining these chores with hiking. It gets a little bit easier to be there each time.
My route to the Mountain Loop took me right through downtown Woodinville. The only things I recognized here the 7-11 and the grocery store. It think that even the high school where I went to 6th grade has been torn down or something.
I sure don't miss being in the Seattle / Tacoma area rat race with hour long commutes to go just a few miles. My drive was opposite the bad traffic.
I hit the trail at 7:45 and made good time getting up to the lake on such an easy hike. I circled the lake twice to help me get an extra mile in. The hike was beautiful with old growth starting right at the trail head. What a magical place!
I saw 14 other hikers, but almost all on the way up as I was going down. I had the lake all to myself for about 45 minutes then other hikers started to show up.
Nobody flipped me off on the drive back this time. When a man from North Dakota pulled up to me at a stop light in Totem Lake, I was hesitant. Was he going to tell me off for running an orange light? He just wanted to know how to get to I-90, presumably to get back to North Dakota.
6.8 miles with 1,500 feet elevation gain. I did two laps around the lake.