We’ve hiked to Inexperienced Lakes a number of instances. Nevertheless, fewer hike this fashionable path when the climate turns chilly and cloudy. Our expertise mountaineering to Inexperienced Lakes on 10-14-23 was the primary we had this 12 months. The path passes to Inexperienced Lakes are so arduous to get that in case you are 30 seconds previous 7 am on the US Forest Service web site, you can be too late. Regardless of attempting weekly all 12 months, final Saturday, the final weekend of the 12 months the place passes are required, we lastly obtained two.
The climate was cloudy and funky, and through our hike the anticipated “ring of fireside” eclipse occurred, leading to a drop in temperature and a darker sky. Nevertheless, after that occasion, the remainder of our hike as much as Inexperienced Lakes was uneventful, outdoors of hitting increasingly snow the upper we climbed. On the second log bridge we placed on our microspikes for security in opposition to slippery situations and the remainder of the hike was wonderful. We needed to do some postholing as soon as we reached the primary lake, but it surely was properly definitely worth the effort to journey to the far aspect which fewer folks journey to, however is amongst our favourite spots as a result of lovely views of South Sister which might be mirrored within the lake. We additionally trekked a bit up the east aspect of the biggest Inexperienced Lake, however determined in opposition to going additional and returned again after having fun with lunch and the views.
On our hike again to the trailhead, we met a great variety of hikers developing within the later afternoon. Our morning expertise was solitary with nobody seen throughout our hour on the lake.
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