Our annual boyz hike took us into the deep into the Northeastern Hills of the Cascade Mountains – Lyman Lakes – courtesy of our planner this year Eric Plateau. The hike included a drive to Chelan, some excellent Chicken Fried Steak at the Apple Cup Diner, a boat ride on Lake Chelan to Lucerne, a school bus ride 11 miles in and up to Holden Village and then 9 miles on the trail. The journey to the trail head was really fun and interesting and had it’s own set of stories.
However, the jewel of the trip was the hike. From Holden Village, we passed an old copper mine, dozens of waterfalls, hundreds of mushrooms, boulder fields, forest floor, long vista, Hart Lake (for lunch), streams, bridges and very few other people. It was an incredibly beautiful hike despite getting rained on the last 4 miles. Fortunately, we had incredible weather for the next two full days we were there and then had rain on the way out – our timing was stellar.
Once we hit Lower Lyman Lake – the beauty only went up – literally – to upper Lyman and the Lyman Glacier. The usual activities occurred – eating, drinking, fishing, Frisbee golf, day hikes, glacier snow gathering and wild animal stare-downs (marmots and deer mostly). Eric and I were fortunate enough to hook some trout in Lower Lyman, Greg and I donated disc’s to the mountain Gods and Dave got to spend a dry night at Rebel Camp.
Below are my photos from the trip. Next year it is Dave’s turn to pick and based on early discussions, we’re going back to the Olympic Peninsula. We’ll regale you with the gory details at our next poker session. Cheers.