I know my regular readers have seen posts from me on this hike before. This hike in early June was interesting, with all the new greenery and the running water on the hillside and trails, from the spring melt.
Opting to do “greener” hiking, we left our car parked and walked the 3.1 kilometers to the trailhead.
When we reached the end of Patricia Lake, we popped onto the trail that parallells the road. There were very few cars around, but if you are hiking in the mountains, why would you want to walk on the road?
These trails were dry and in good condition.
We came out of the woods at Pyramid Lake Resort to have a look at the lake
Back on the path, we walked to the trailhead, just past the Pyramid Island parking lot. Outhouses were open, a good thing when hiking so soon after morning coffee. There were two vehicles in the parking lot with pretty serious bike racks on them, so we knew we might have some company.
Looking quickly at the trail, we almost opted out of the hike, as there was running water and mud in places, but we had our waterproof hikers on and hiking poles and we had the time, so we headed on up trail 2B.
The trails got wetter. but we soon reached the junction trail to Katrine Lake.
Just beyond the junction, we could hear bear bells and a group of 4 cyclists soon rolled past.
Up at the Overlook point, we paused to take in the views. Even on this cloudy day, the views were spectacular, especially with the young green leaves everywhere.
We knew we would have a long hike back, so opted to retrace our steps from this point, rather than continue on to Katrine Lake. The first photo below is the damage that the Mountain Pine Beetle does to the Lodgepole and Ponderosa Pines. A sad part of global warming, but forest renewal is already happening.
On the way back to our cabin, we paused for a bit of play and I took these interesting shots.
Our hike this day was just over 14 km in 3 1/2 hours, with an altitude gain of 124.8 m (409 feet). We were off to a good start. Three more days and three more hikes to come.