We try to document where we stay so that we can remember the places. This time, 420 miles or so from Bozeman, this is the Peaceful Pines RV Park.
Our second day on the road was from Cheney, WA to outside of Leaveworth, WA. The Rock Island dam comes into view.
Nice basalt lava flow along the Columbia River
Hiking Day 1. We picked Eightmile Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The road up to the trailhead is steep, rough and graveled and takes a bit of time. Here is Roger looking at the permit info board.
Soon, we get a few views of the surrounding peaks.
It was not too long before we crossed the Wilderness Boundary. Susie had been in this Wilderness before (hiking into the Enchantments), but if had been several decades.
We are still not sure what these berries are, but hopefully, someone will see this and let us know.
A lot of the trail is through a burned over area, but the good news is that you get to see a few more things.
Susie taking a photo of an interesting plant.
After a bit over 3 miles, the trail arrives at Little Eightmile Lake, which is more like a pond.
Some nice ferns
After around 4 miles and 1400 feet of climbing, the trail arrives at Eightmile Lake. We did not see more than just a few potential campsites. The surrounding terrain was fairly steep.
One of our better photos of the Lake.
Heading back down the trail, you can see the extent of the burned over ara.
Looking uphill, we noted a lot of these sand-colored rocks. We don't know enough geology to explain their origin.
A view down to Little Eightmile Lake
I had noticed a large tree on the way up. What is that little white spec at the base of the tree trunk?
It's Susie! She was willing to pose to provide some perspective.
Continuing our descent, a look up the valley where we will be headed tomorrow.
In case you did not know, we are in Campsite #40. Eightmile was a nice Forest Service Campground, with clean pit toilets and paved back-in sites.
For our friend Will, who is always taking photos of the food he eats. This is not atypical camping fare for us: Grilled Salmon, rice pilaf, some grilled zucchini and onions, etc.
The next morning, we drove back up the Forest Service Road # 7601 four miles (which will take you a half-hour) to the Lake Stuart trail head. The parking lot is huge and there were lots of vehicles parked along the road as well. This hike is supposed to be the most popular hike in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
The trail climbs thru dense forest and crosses Mountaineer Creek on a very sturdy bridge
As the trail breaks out into some meadows, we start to get some views.