|Al at the spot where we first hit snow|
When I finally did get in (through the passenger door) I had to spend quite a bit of time scraping ice off the windows. But I made it! Nine of us set out for the Pine & Cedar Lake trailhead, which starts at Old Samish Road. I've done this hike at least half a dozen times, and somehow I always forget about the beginning: you ascend 1,300 feet (almost 400 meters) in just over a mile and a half.
|I wasn't expecting so much snow|
|The sun finally made it through the trees|
|Me, Lisa, Linda (taken by Bill)|
|Steve, Linda, Ward, Bill|
|Frozen Cedar Lake|
|Snow crystals on Raptor Ridge|
|Sun, snow, and happy Trailblazers|
And on the downhill, I fell twice on the slippery snow and broke one of my trekking poles. Steve was my hero when he gave me one of his to use. I was unable to continue on the slippery snow without two functioning poles; I will be heading off to REI to see if they will replace it or whether I'm going to need to buy another set. They are essential to my ability to hike these days.
We covered somewhere around seven miles and went up and down around 2,000 feet, so it was a good day. By the time I'd returned to the cars, my knees were complaining mightily about that downhill, but all in all I was happy to spend the last day of 2015 in the snow, the mountains, accompanied by such good, good friends. Happy New Year!