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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

  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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