Lake Snoqualmie

Another 20-miler today!  I just ran the calculations -- in the last 7 days, I've walked 75 miles!  I was carrying a 35# pack for 60 of those miles!  Not bad when you consider I also worked 5 days in the office.

Sunday, May 9, 2004.  We got a late start.  Around noon, we headed for Lake Snoqualmie from the South/West trailhead (Middle fork snoqualmie road, not US-2).  3 hours later, 10 miles away, and 2200 feet up, we reached Lake Snoqualmie.

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PICT0221: Harley and Lake Snoqualmie.

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PICT0222: Lake Snoqualmie.  Much of the surface of the lake is still covered with a crust of ice/snow.  Elevation ~3100 FASL.

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PICT0225: Buddy swimming in Lake Snoqualmie.

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PICT0227: Ice breaker buddy busting a path through the ice.

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PICT0228: Lake Snoqualmie.  Last year, I identified this lake from the window of a jet.  See the small lake in the middle of this picture: http://www.stam.com/mypic/2003/July/wedding/med/PICT0883.JPG

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PICT0231: The large amount of water comming out of the lake..and churning over those rocks was impressive.  (Well, it was loud, anyway).

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PICT0234: Big Snow Mountain.

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PICT0235: Closeup from Big Snow Mountain.  I saw this from above in a plane.  To see what this mountain looks like from above, see: http://www.stam.com/mypic/2003/July/wedding/med/PICT0885.JPG

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PICT0236: Harley likes to walk on top of fallen trees whenever possible.

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PICT0237: The trail to Lake Snoqualmie had a number of obstcacles...such as these huge fallen trees stacked on each other.  Not being a contortionist, I had to bushwack a long way to get around these fallen trees.

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PICT0239: But of course, Harley just jumped up and nimbly walked on top of the fallen trees.

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PICT0240: Buddy at Big Creek falls.  It looks like a road bridge, but I swear it is not!  It is this huge concrete bridge that you can only access by trail (the nearest "road" is 5 miles away and it's not much of a "road" at that).

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PICT0245: Otter Falls into Lipsy Lake.  A short distance off the main trail, this was really quite impressive.

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PICT0246: Buddy swimming in Lipsy Lake.

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PICT0249: Harley swimming in Lispy Lake.

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PICT0251: Purple things near Lipsy Lake.

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PICT0253: The bottom of the falls.

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PICT0255: Marten Falls.  Much smaller than Otter Falls and Big Creek Falls...but the picture does not do it justice.

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PICT0256: Mount Washington in alpenglow.  I hiked up there last week.