This weekend we were able to get out on another hike, albeit a somewhat less spectacular one than Spray Park (see previous post). We took a gently-climbing trail to a pair of mountain lakes in the appropriately named Alpine Lakes Wilderness. We passed Talapus Lake and continued on to Olallie Lake, where we had a picnic and a nice dip in the lake. The trail was nicely shaded by mostly second-growth trees, and passed many small streams & waterfalls. Nothing dramatic, but scenic in a low-key way.
It’s one of dozens of nice day hikes easily accessed from Interstate 90 as it climbs towards Snoqualmie Pass east of Seattle. Although it might not have the incredible scenery found at Mount Rainier, it’s still a beautiful place and a nice Cascade hike. And unlike anything at Rainier, dogs are allowed and it’s less than an hour drive from our house. Not bad at all.