June 22, 2008. I started this hike last summer with Sergiu and
Royce, but we only visited Bridal Veil Falls due to
less than water-proof clothing (and plenty of rain). I returned
with Damon to complete it in the early evening after returning from
Colorado. We arrived just in time for the overcast sky to clear and
for Mt. Index to reveal itself. This trail is so popular that
people were arriving at the lake even after us at 7 PM. I brought
along a new backpacking pot I got for testing and to have something
warm for dinner. I probably should have brought something that
cooked faster than rice though. (7 miles round trip, 2000 ft. gain)
Bridal Veil Creek Cascades:
I had already been to the main falls last year, but there are also
two mini-falls that are right next to the trail.
Most of the trail is up well-graded switch backs (and steps)
though forest, but it opens up near the top.
(1) A wider view.
(2) Slug wondering why it stopped raining.
(3) Mossy trees.
(4) Wet leaves.
(5) More moss.
One more Cascade:
Another mini water fall by the trail near the lake.
The water on my lens sort of makes the picture feel wet;
not intentional, but I did get wet. :)
The lake from the bridge over Bridal Veil Creek.
(1) The Lake and Index from the north east shore.
(2) The Lake from the north west shore.
Impressive north east face.
(1) Another shot. That spire jutting out just begs to be climbed.
What are the odds of two blue-haired hikers
meeting at a back country lake?
Perhaps not negligible near Seattle.
(1) Blue-haired creatures and the lake.
(3) Dinner cooking.
(4) Dinner eating.
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