Heidi and I hiked into Josephine Lake via Stevens Pass Ski Area on October 19 and 20, 2013. The weather in Seattle was horrible- foggy and misty with temperatures in the upper 40s. When we arrived at Stevens Pass around 2 pm, temperatures up here were in the upper 60s due the inversion and the lack of clouds. It was gorgeous. We parked in the main Stevens Pass parking lot, grabbed our packs and Lulu and headed through the RV parking lot and across Big Chief (apparently called Kehr’s Chair now) We crossed under Tye Mill Bowl and started heading up Crest Trail. This is looking west at lower Rock Garden from 7th Heaven. It had snowed pretty significantly about 3 weeks earlier. This is still climbing up Tye Mill.
This is once we got over the top and dropped into Mill Valley. This is near Aquarius.
This is cutting across the Way Backs and into Corona Bowl. Lulu still had more energy than us at this point.
This ski did not fare well after probably getting lost on a big powder day. Looking toward Southern Cross and Big Chief Mountain.
Once across Mill Valley, we headed up and past Lake Susan Jane. The snow was pretty thick on the trail and Heidi’s feet got pretty wet.
Lulu did not love the snow.
Lake Susan Jane from above.
Heidi was pretty stoked when we finally arrived at our camp site above Josephine Lake. She surprised me with a Heineken she had snuck in her pack. It was GOOOOOD. There was actually a considerable amount of snow in the area, but our site was perfect.
As the sun began to set.
Although it wasn’t very cold out, we hit the tent early.
The next morning we got up, had breakfast and enjoyed the sunshine.
Here’s the cliff that was 15 feet from our tent. Yikes.
Lulu enjoying the rays.
Around 10 am we broke camp and headed back towards Stevens Pass.
Lulu needed a bit of a carry across the rocks.
Back to the base!
Nicole had been visiting a friend in Wenatchee, so we met in Leavenworth for beer and dinner. The weather was incredible for this time of year.
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