when the weekend rolled around, our only question was which hikes we would do on which days. we had three that we for sure wanted to do, so we started with the longest one first, avalanche lake. it would clock in at around 5 miles, the longest our kiddos have attempted. we got an early start, hoping to secure a parking spot at the trailhead, and we prevailed!
the first bit of the trail was along the very easy and heavily trafficked “trail of the cedars”. after a bit of cool trees and easy strolling, we turned to head towards the lake. the trail was suddenly rocky and we started ascending. it followed along avalanche creek for awhile, which has carved a pretty cool gorge over the years.
finally we arrived. and it wasn’t super great looking. not like the pics i had seen. muddy. rocks and sticks poking out. then, i realized we could walk around the lake further, away from the masses, to our own little slice of waterfront.
and we were off! the hike down went really well. we ended up chatting with another family with a daughter the same age as ike and a son (who was not thrilled about the hike) the same age as anna. they were from san franciscobut grew up in virginia, so we had a lot to talk about and it made the return trip go by in a flash. isaac and their daughter hit it off and were gabbing all the way down. when we got to the bottom, we stood around and talked some more before returning to our cars. meeting folks is one of my favorite parts of this traveling life. anyhow, here’s ike and his friend. 🙂
so, that wraps up our saturday of hiking. all in all, we tallied about 5.2 miles. the kids did great. i had to carry hazel on and off for quite a bit of the return trip, but way less than i anticipated. we got home and completely lounged the rest of our day away. and then went to bed early, because….
…on sunday we got up extra early to hike to hidden lake. it starts at logan pass, which has a “parking lot is full” sign on it 24 hours a day – which is a lie, but not too far of a stretch. we left around 7:45 and got there by 8:30 and it was filling up fast. by the time we were unloading (and dressing the kids), people were driving around in desperation to get a spot. the kids were pretty grumbly, but off we went!
lots of mountain streams crossed our path, which is hazel’s favorite part. she calls it mr. jump, after an ipad game, and sings a catchy little tune while she hopes across the rocks to the other side.
as we got close to the overlook, someone told us there was a mountain goat up ahead. we quickened our pace, but a group of like 7 kids, with trailing adults pretty much bum rushed the goat and he quickly slipped away. i managed to get this cool picture first. i cropped out the idiots.
we were definitely tired after this. derek walked to the car to get our national park passports to get stamps and he was stalked by several people hoping to score a parking spot. we stamped. bought stuff. anna continued her efforts to fill our camper with stuffed animals with the purchase of a large mountain goat. walked back to the car while being stalked again. and headed back to our site to chill for the afternoon.