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Hiking to Alaska Lake (WA) - Sep. 19, 2007

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10:05am. Parking at the Gold Creek Pond area. The Gold Creek trailhead is another mile or up a gated gravel access road


Broken bridge along trail. Attempt at faking balance difficulties


Looking up some large old growth wood


Fungus #1


Nature rerouted the trail (blocked off by log, which was initally ignored, but we back tracked)


Along Gold Creek


Linda crossing Gold Creek to get to the fun part


Not everyone is worried about wet feet


Scenery shot (and water break)


More fall color


Can you see the trail? Surely it gets better than this?


Partial view of waterfall draining from Alaska Lake. Surely we must be near


Wrong about the trail getting better. Alaska Lake is up there somewhere beyond the rock field


Rock climbing??? What is wrong with you !@#$% humans!


Found a better route...


Alaska Lake panorama. The exposure is set for the first shot (left), the other 3 are set to the same automatically


High Mtn. along northwest side of lake. This was the same as the 3rd shot of the panorama above but set for the correct local exposure. You would think eventually I would learn :)


Mandatory tripod and timer shot


Campfire area. Wonder if smart people do this as an overnighter?


Another shot across lake


Close-up. Look closely and you can see the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) ridge about halfway down the rock face


Lake closeup


Lake closeup #2. Clear and cold


On the way down. 3:38pm shadow line


Back down this wonderful rock field


Waterfalls closeup


More scenery and fall colors


Alta Mtn. closeup


Back to trail cutoff. Verified trail was NOT maintained


Fungus #2. Moments after I took this a horsefly (or deerfly) gave me a nasty bite in the right leg, which started to go numb minutes later, adding to the fun I was already having due to a strained knee muscle and cramping leg


Dragging along the flat part of the trail. 5:23pm shadow lines...


Back to trail spur around Gold Creek Pond


Back to the vehicle at 7:17pm. The ISO-1600 exposure makes it look like there's plenty of light, but it was almost dark. Off to the Family Pancake House at Snoqualmie Pass for a taco salad dinner before the ride home. Thanks for driving Linda


Alaska Lake topology. Click here to zoom in or out and follow the trail


    Credits:
  1. U.O.N., Olympus Stylus 770SW Digital Photography by William F. Smith (7.1 MP, 2304x1728 SQ1, 3X optical 38-114mm)

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