Waking up to a such a pretty sunny morning we decided to go hiking this morning. After so many rainy days, well you just cannot pass up nice days! Our first choice would have been Mt. Rainier…but alas, the park is still officially closed 🙁 Even worse, the Carbon River Rd it seems is gone now outside of park boundaries. So it may be that our favorite winter hiking trail is closed for the year. Ah well! So quickly I thought about where to go that wasn’t under water. Kirk had never been to Talapus Lake, which sits just inside the boundaries of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness here in Washington.
A quick drive to the trailhead and Kirk, Ford and I were ready to go. While Talapus is a very popular trail it was not over run today – we had a mostly quiet stroll up to the lake. It was blissfully snow free and the trail was not frozen – rather it was balmy. It was in the 50*’s as we headed home. Mud was another issue…….
I shot a quick video of Talapus Creek as we walked by – that section of trail is always cool, even on the hottest days in summer. The creek was up nicely today from all the rain the past couple weeks.