Thursday, April 12, 2018

Two Dollar trail to Gates Overlook and back

Two Dollar trail
Fourteen Senior Trailblazers decided to change our scheduled hike (which was supposed to take us to the Deception Pass area) to a closer venue. The weather forecast suggested that wherever we went, we'd be getting wet, at least a little. Nope. Our hike was dry and delightful.
The season's first trillium
We started our hike at the Two Dollar trail and went up to Fragrance Lake, then over to the South Lost Lake trail and up to Gates Overlook. The first part of the day was cool and wet, since it rained during the night and, as you can see in this picture, there was plenty of moisture still around.
Waterfall on Two Dollar trail
We crossed this lovely waterfall, which is pretty robust because of all the recent rain, and at about this time, we began to see signs of sunshine peeking through the clouds. We headed up the Rock trail until we had climbed the more than 150 steps to the Overlook, where we stopped for lunch.
Bellingham Bay from Gates Overlook
You can see the clouds beginning to lift, and when we stopped for lunch we were able to enjoy a few moments in full sun. The light breeze was a little cool, but overall we were very comfortable as we ate.
One of three picnic tables we used during lunch
I myself thought that it would be a short-lived break from the expected rain, but it just kept getting better. From here, we returned to our starting point making a loop hike, going down the road to the Fragrance Lake trail and then walked around the lake before heading back down the Two Dollar trail.
Fragrance Lake
By the time we made our way around the lake, there was more sun than clouds, as you can see here. Everybody was in a good mood, happy to be out together, with lots of banter and laughter. A couple of hikers that we haven't seen for awhile had joined us, so it was good to catch up with them.

It was a really good day, having covered nine miles and 2,100 feet up and down before it was all over. And we didn't have even one raindrop, so I guess I can call this another "no rainer." When you have as much rain as we do, it makes you really appreciate the sunny days. Wonderful place we live, isn't it?


  1. Lovely photos. You certainly have scenic beauties over there.

  2. The waterfalls are a particular delight!

  3. It is a great place to live and the names, like Fragrance Lake add to the wonder of the area.

  4. It's such a pleasant surprise when the expected rain doesn't happen. We did have rain here but onlu for a few hours at midday.

  5. Your hikes are in such a beautiful countryside. It's like you get to hike in heaven!

  6. Oh how beautifull. Love the trillium and the waterfall.
    Thank youl.

  7. Your Trailblazer group got lucky with the weather!

  8. I love the names of the lakes. You'll soon be seeing many spring wildflowers. It's snowing again here in Breckenridge.

  9. No one took a dip in the lake? So good to see a Trillium on your hike, I love seeing spring in your area! :)

  10. I am hoping to see some sunshine before the end of the month. The weather has been very depressing and has put me off going walking on my own. Pleased thatyour walk ended up with the sunshine. It makes such a difference.

  11. not only the scenes but the 'no rainer'...perfect!

  12. Into every hike a little sunshine must fall ...

  13. You definitely got your 2 bucks worth with that sunshine. Loved the waterfall.

  14. I love seeing the Trillium each year, those views are spectacular !

  15. Wonderful outing. I noted with interest your trillium. Ours here find the flower underneath the leave rather than above...


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