People who own Dachshunds, or small dogs, often have to deal with Wet Belly Syndrome. Chester has it really bad. We have been on hikes in the past where he has gotten so wet and cold that he refuses to go on and we had to carry him. As you can imagine, he is particularly susceptible to this on fall and winter hikes.
This last weekend we wanted to get off the couch and go see the fall colors in all their glory before they were gone. We decided to hike to Snow Lake which is up by the summit of Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascade Mountains. We were lazy and didn’t get out of bed until noon so this trail was going to deliver the most bang for our buck in the amount of time we had.
I had never been up there and didn’t expect that the trail would be wet. Well, actually, it was a creek close to half the time…..and that was aside from having to navigate all of the streams dumping down the side of the mountain and crossing the trail.
Gretel doesn’t mind the water so much. If she can’t easily hop over it then she will just jump right in and wade through it. However, Chester usually avoids water at all costs.
On this hike we did have to carry him over some of the deepest streams that he couldn’t hop or pick through using dry rocks to step on. But it was on the rest of the trail where he really impressed me.
Make no mistake – this hike was wet and cold. You could wring water out of both of the dogs.
Chester didn’t start dragging ass on this hike though, despite his discomfort. Maybe it was his new, super cool, super warm jacket from The Cozy Hound or maybe he was so relieved to be out the trail again he didn’t mind getting wet. Either way, he continued to plod along.
The hike was amazing. I love the color of the bright oranges and reds of fall against the blue skies and gray rocks.
Snow Lake was beautiful. It was the kind of lake that inspires you to sweat all the way up a mountain.
We got a two-for-one because on the way back down we took the side trail to the Source Lake overlook.
We talked with a couple on the trail and apparently you can hike past Source Lake and explore a bunch of loop trails higher up. We didn’t have the time to check them out. Besides, we like to leave something so that we have a reason to go back again.