|Lake of the Angels|
We headed back up the Putvin trail for a second time this year. The first time was to help get us in shape for Mount Adams. This time was so we could see the lake when it is not covered in snow.
Another hike that Patches was not allowed to go on. In all the years I hiked with her, I only cheated twice and for a total of about two miles. Not bad. Both times I cheated where when the hike started in the forest and I forgot that it ended in the Park, so even those were not planned.
We hit the trail at 10:10 and made it to the lake by 2. We spent a fair amount of time taking pictures and eating berries.
The lake was totally socked in with fog. This was a lot of effort for no view. Up high the flowers were blooming while fog was settling in all around. It felt like two season's had collided. Fall fog with spring flowers.
We made it out shortly before sunset. We have to increase our speed or start hiking earlier in the morning as the days are getting shorter.
The second headwall climb is a bit more treacherous than it used to be. Part of a long tree root that used to aid climbers has broken off leaving very little to hold on to.
We parked at the old road since we both think it is pretty and we appreciate the gentle grade.
7 miles round trip with 3,600 feet elevation gain. That's steep.
|Termites were busy adding to this pile of sawdust|
|Climbinb up the headwall|