The trail to Eightmile Lake started out quite steep and we made slow but steady progress, stopping a lot to “smell the roses” as it were
These mountains experienced some big forest fires a few years back so there are large open areas full of wildflowers where young trees are beginning to grow back-
A warm sunny day!
In certain areas the plants are threatening to overrun the trail-
Lots and lots of wildflowers!
As we climb we reach groves of forest that survived the fires (though it’s apparent this area was logged once upon a time)-
It’s nice to have some shade!
We crossed lots of small alpine creeks and rivulets. Kristhawee is checking out some tadpoles and water bugs-
Lots of vertical on this hike! Working our way up some steep switchbacks-
C’mon Kristhawee! You can make it!!
Entering the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the Okanogan – Wenatchee National Forests!
New life springs from the ashes of the burnt forest-
Beautiful rugged country- our destination is Eightmile Lake, a large alpine lake nested high in the mountains-
Up and up we climb!
We catch our first glimpse of “Little Eightmile Lake”!
Little Eightmile- a beautiful spot to take a rest and enjoy a small picnic-