When we hiked up to Snow Lake a couple of weeks ago we discovered Source Lake. The Source Lake Trail branches off the Snow Lake Trail where the switchbacks start in the trail.
I remember thinking “Source Lake” is such a generic name. If you are in the mountains the chance is good that what you are looking at is a source for something downstream.
However, I later learned that this lake is the source for the mighty Snoqualmie River! Yessiree. This tiny pond is a roaring river by the time it reaches the famous Snoqualmie Falls!
One the way back down the trail last time we took a quick side-trip to the Source Lake Overlook. We stopped just above the lake but we heard from other people on the trail that you can go beyond that point and there are some great loop trails up there.
This last weekend, we decided to get up there again to check it out before we would be snowed out.
The hike up was better than last time because the trail was drier and many of the stream crossings were gone. However, it was drier because it was really cold and, I assume, that the water had started to turn back into ice higher up. It had snowed last week so there were a couple of inches of snow on the trail this time.
We hiked up to the lookout over the lake again and took a snack break. Chester and Gretel were cozy warm this time (compared to the shivering they often do in the snow) because in addition to their double fleece jackets from The Cozy Hound they were wearing their new fleece neck koozies (yes, like a beer koozie. Ha, ha) I made them.
They were super spoiled this time because I also brought the Ruff Wear Highlands Bed we got for them to stand on instead of having to keep their cold feeties in the snow.
After taking in the view, snapping some photos and eating lots of yummy snacks we were prepared to explore those new trails. When I stood up and looked across the rock slope for the trail I didn’t see it.
Up to that point I had followed the footsteps of others in the snow. It looked like no one had gone beyond this point because I couldn’t find any footprints. Since I was unfamiliar with the trail, and I didn’t know how deep the snow was beyond this point, I decided it was better that we turned back instead of risking getting turned around or lost.
I was a little disappointed we didn’t get to explore new territory. That’s ok though because it was one of those amazing, sunny, bluebird days and the mountains looked amazing with their fresh dusting of snow!
I am so excited for the beauty of winter now!
We have gotten some questions so we thought we would put the stats for the trails we hike at the end of our posts. Here they are:
Roundtrip 6.0 miles
Elevation Gain 700 ft
Highest Point 3,800 ft