I’ve been waiting for a good day to go out and check out all the snow the mountain has been having this season. A good day means the rare clear blue, rain free day, a day where Kelly was free and a day where I could break away from work commitments.
So I picked up an all wheel drive Subaru Crosstrek with snow tires from ZipCar. They also happened to be running a weekday special, 12 hours for $49 with gas. Not a bad deal for a safe ride up the mountain. We stopped in downtown Sandy, on the way to Trillium Lake, and picked up two pairs of snowshoes. All day rental was $30 for both sets, with poles. One hour drive from home and we were in a different world. The last half hour or so, the ground was all snow covered and looked really cool.
The snowshoe hike from the parking lot at Trillium Lake Snow Park down to the lake is about 2 miles. Slightly up and down hill in a few places, but overall pretty mild. There is another 2 mile hiking trail around the lake, but we didn’t do that loop trail hike. Just down to the lake and back, plus a bit of time sitting on the side of the lake taking it all in. From the car and back took about 2.5 to 3 hours. Kelly packed apples and cheese, and I packed a couple of Woodchuck Ciders for a quick picnic before we headed back home.
It was a great Thursday afternoon. Unbelievable natural scenery with the tall snow covered fir trees, snow so deep it covered street signs, and a solid, snow covered lake. Fun walk with Kelly, joy and excitement. Rylee wanted to come but was too sick. Luke had no interest. Tate was still asleep when we left. We’ll plan a return when some or all of the kids want to go check it out.