The weather forecast did not inspire me to great heights. Still, I wanted to get out and Jasper never says no to a hike. Lake Serene was our chosen destination. Well, Jasper chose it and I provided transportation. We hadn’t been since our trip up Philadelphia Mountain last year. It wasn’t raining as we pulled out of the driveway, but by the time we passed Gold Bar there was a light drizzle.
One other vehicle was at the trailhead, but it drove off with it’s people before Jasper and I started our hike. The light drizzle turned to a steady rain as we made our way up the old roadbed. At the junction with the spur to Bridal Veil Falls Jasper started towards the falls. I considered cutting our trip short and merely going to the falls overlook, but I decided to press on and continue to the lake. Besides, I had a surplus of S’s that I needed to use for the report title, and it is almost the end of the month.
Jasper figured out that I wasn’t following him and returned to my side. We ascended slower than a TNAB pace, ducking under, over or around fallen logs. There were patches of snow at the first open slope, but nothing to worry about. Good thing too as I had not brought a transceiver or shovel. As we approached the lake the rain incresed in intensity. It was at this point that I realized that my rain jacket was failing miserably at keeping me dry.
Our say at the lake was brief. I needed to take a photograph or three to document my arrival then we turned around and headed for home. Or at least the trailhead. The descent was moderately wet as the heavy rains were filling up all the depressions in the trail with water. Jasper had fun getting muddy while I tried my best to keep from swimming. Finally with a half mile left to go I gave in and simply walked through the puddles, not caring about the appearance of my boots or pant legs. How cavalier of me.
We got back to the trailhead and installed the outboard motor to the truck so we could drive home. I called Dani to inform her of our impending arrival. Then we made a stop at Zeke’s to refuel.
Not the greatest day in the mountains, but its’s always a pleasure to see Jasper get excited when he spots the first snow patch.
A few photos here: Lake Serene; January 28, 2011