Outing #2 was a bit more then I signed up for. Our plan was to hike to Sheep Lake....we found this hike in a "Child Friendly" hike book. I actually hiked this back in 1994. It's approxiamyly 4 miles round trip and fairly easy. As we drove up to Crystal the sun was out, not too hot and there was beautiful scenery to check out.
We even found this great waterfall right off the road!
As we began to get closer to our destination thick fog began to roll in, the temp had dropped severely and then when we got to the spot this is what we found....
Mid July and still this particular hike was not hike-able. Shifting gears is not always easy for me or for Cameron. We had thought that we were going to hike to Sheep lake and now we had to figure out something else to do. On our way back down the mountain Cameron spotted a trail and so we stopped. The start to the trail was beautiful....it has a wooden bridge and an amazing stream running right through it. Vicki asked two hikers how this hike was and they said, "it's a little steep!"
It was 6 miles round trip and I figured we would give it a try and if it was too hard we would go back.....
Well, we didn't turn around and we continued to hike up a very VERY VERY steep trail! To be honest a few times I totally wanted to quit and was hoping that Cameron or somebody would say they've had enough. Cameron only wanted to quit once and that's because we were all walking to slow for him....laughs!
Just after the half way mark they is a great view of the mountain....however, my camera didn't take the best picture!
Yes, this is a bathroom and Yes I used it. Once you get to the top there are 2 camping sites and this toilet by the lower lake....the upper lake was another .5 miles and the thought of pressing on at this point seemed impossible!
The lower Lake
There was snow the last .5 mile of the hike
and guess what we made it!!!!
Look how beautiful this is!!!!
As we were walking back down even Vicki was impressed that we all made it with how steep the trail was. My thighs and legs were still hurting 6 days later.