Steep, dangerous ice on the trail. It rained on the snow, froze hard, then snowed lightly.
"I don't want you to fall and hit you head on a rock," Karen said. Me, too.
Wearing micro-spikes, today Karen and I climbed up to Lake Clara by Mission Ridge Ski Area. Strong cold wind indicated a weather change. More snow is coming.
"Descending on the ice will be dangerous," we agreed while eating lunch at Lake Clara.
Since we started at noon, we chose to descend after lunch instead of climbing higher. This far north in Washington State, it got dark at 3:40 p.m. today.
Good grief, that ice was slippery! And wickedly steep. Nobody else was on the trail.
I veered into the woods to avoid one dangerously steep and icy corner. I felt delighted to see bunny tracks. I carefully stepped downhill to join the trail below the icy corner. The rabbit took the same path.
"I followed bunny tracks in the snow!" I called to Karen. It was enchanting.
Walking in the woods is comforting during the pandemic. Quiet and serene.
"The ice gave this beautiful hike a frisson of danger and excitement," I said as we neared the bottom. Karen agreed. We made it down safely.
Snowy trees near the start of the trail.
Lake Clara was frozen, about 1,000 feet higher. This is where we ate lunch.
Micro-spikes on my hiking boots. I sewed Velcro straps to prevent losing them in snow.
I started hiking and backpacking when I was in the Boy Scouts. I have backpacked in many national parks and wilderness areas. It brought me a peaceful mind. I no longer backpack, but going out for 3-4 hours and sometimes longer and bringing lunch is still a great feeling.
I just had a thought and thus a question. Did finding the rabbit tracks help you find an easier path down the mountain, or were they just interesting to find and follow for a short time? I am surprised by the number of time I have heard of people finding themselves in a situation where Nature was trying to tell them something.
Sounds like a great way to spend a day. Great pictures. For me to be there all I can think of is having someone have to call for help and get me to a hospital. I have been in areas like this when I was much younger, I used to live about 60 miles North of Yellowstone Park, during the Winter it was great to go and see all the wildlife there. Lots of creature and almost no people.