Here goes - my 1st trip report. Hopefully I didn't overload it with pictures. It was tough to narrow it down to just a few.
July 5 - 8, 2010
Location: Waptus River/Lake, Trail #1310. Roughly 15 miles north of Roslyn, Wa. Central Washington Cascade mountain range, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District, Alpine Lakes Wilderness area:
For the TV trivia buffs - what TV series was filmed in Roslyn, WA in the early 90's?
A sign at the trailhead stated that the hiker bridge crossing the Waptus River was out and that we would need to cross the river using the horse ford. Talking to other hikers who were returning from the lake we learned that the water was around knee deep and there was a rope stretched across the river to hang on to. We proceeded on without fear...
Hiking partners at the trailhead - my wife and our dog Gracie. This was my wife's 3rd backpacking trip and Gracie's 2nd. We still have lots to learn but what a classroom!
A swimming hole at the trailhead. The water was extremely cold.
It's a fairly easy trail -no switchbacks and would be easier if we were in better shape. It is 11 miles into the lake. We didn't hit the trail until 3pm so only hiked in about half way and spent the 1st night next to the river.
Day 2 - I'm the early riser so I get up to make the coffee. My wife likes being served in bed.
There were serveral of these wildflowers along the way but i don't know what they are. Anybody??
Gracie carrys her own food and sleeping pad. If I learn how to make gear I'll need to make her a hammock.
On the 2nd day we started seeing some snow capped peaks.
Stay tuned. The best pictures are next - the rest of Day 2, Day 3 and 4.