Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lodge Lake / Rockdale Creek

On Saturday, June 5, 2010, we hiked to the Lodge Lake and Rockdale Creek. I-90 East, exit 52, turn right to Alpental West Summit / Snoqualmie Pass West. Turn right again onto the dirt road. Park at the far end of the road, where you will see the sign "Pacific Crest Trail." It was a nice sunny day with no one else on the trail.

Blue at the Beaver Lake
Misha loves snow.

Sly at the Lodge Lake

All 3 on a log in Lodge Lake.  Misha fell into the water. 

Misha is not so crazy about water and got out in a hurry.

We continued on to the Rockdale Creek.

The creek was full and over-flowing.  The dogs didn't mind.  I have to build a bridge, cross on bare feet, or turn around.  The area was rocky, and no down tree branches were around.  Rocks were too heavy.  And I really didn't want my feet wet.  So we decided to take lunch there. 

Misha couldn't quite keep up with the boys.  Can you see her droopy eyes? 

Misha is really pooped.

Sly and Misha doing some trail maintenance.
Dogs really enjoyed the trail all to themselves.  It was only about 8 mile easy hike on a warm sunny day.   We started on ski runs under the lifts and walked for about 0.75 miles to the Beaver Lake.  It was a little confusing to find the trail because there was no sign.  Once pass the Beaver Lake, trail is mostly down hill for 1.5 miles to the Lodge Lake.  Trail has become a creek bed from melting snow, and there was no shortage of dog water.  Once pass the Lodge Lake, trail is pleasantly soft and dry.  It gets rocky approaching Rockdale Creek.  This trail will make a nice snow shoeing hike in winter.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Rattle Snake Mountain

Rattle Snake Mountain was crowded with people and dogs.  The trail is well maintained.  I will save this hike for week days and winter.  I-90 East, Exit 27.  Turn right at the end of the ramp and drive 1/4 mile.  You will see the trail sign for the Snoqualmie Point.  We started here and walked up to the East Peak.  About 12 miles RT of easy gentle climbing.  It was a cloudy day, and we finished just in time before rain. 

Blue with cloudy Mt. Si in the back.

You can walk all the way to the Rattle Snake Lake.  From Snoqualmie Point, it will be 21 mile RT.  We just hiked to the East Peak. 



Misha is happy.  It was a good endurance building hike for Misha.  Nice gentle uphill for building the atrophied thigh muscles.  She needs to get strong for bush-whaking hikes this summer.