Here in the Pacific Northwest, it always amazes me how quickly our mood shifts according to the weather – one day it was rainy and gloomy, the other sunny and uplifted. Fortunately later was the case on Saturday. And it just so happened to be the day of the Chinese Double Ninth Festival, also known as the climbing festival.
So there we are, setting out to a mountain.
We arrived at the trail head around 10:40 AM. The outside temperature was damp and chilly. We wasted no time and began the ascent.
The forest consists primarily of cedars, hemlocks and Douglas firs. The trail is well-maintained with wooden bridges.
Watch for the intertwining roots, they could be slippery when damp.
There were running streams and countless waterfalls
And no lack of fall colors.
With all the stops and picture-taking, it took us nearly 2 hours to reach the alpine lake.
The color of the water was incredible.
reflecting the surrounding towering peaks.
Everybody was out enjoying the warmth of the sunbeam
including this little dog
who was the only one brave enough to dip into the icy water.
Back to the trail head, we decided to extend our day hike with the half-mile Asahel Curtis Nature Trail
over the downstream of Humpback Creek
featuring a well crafted wooden bridge
many more trees
and fallen leaves
Of course no hiking day is complete without delicious food afterwards. My friend Xin is a profession chef and she effortlessly cooked up a meal fit for a Chinese emperor 🙂
After dinner, we sat around and enjoyed a cup of chrysanthemum tea – which happens to be, yet another tradition of the aforementioned festival.
Annette Lake is 7.5 miles trail in the Snoqualmie Pass area – an hour drive from Seattle. The elevation gain is stated at 1800 ft. This hike is known for wild flowers in the spring. The 0.5 mile relatively flat Asahel Curtis Nature Trail shares the same trail head and parking lot with Annette Lake and is worth checking out while in the area.