This weekend, I had a backpacking trip planned, but it was canceled as it was going to be rainy on Saturday and Sunday. Friday, however, was still to be a pleasant day, and since I already had the day off, I decided to go hiking.
I headed to Snoqualmie Pass and to the Denny Creek trail head and to Melakwa Lake. I feel comfortable solo hiking there as I'm familiar with the terrain. I think, though I've not confirmed it, that AT&T has some coverage at least a few miles into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area.
I was ready for a two night backpacking trip, so I just had to downsize my gear for a day hike. I have the tendency to to pack heavy and even getting rid of a bunch of gear, I still packed heavy. I did however bring my water filter in lieu of a 3rd liter of water - I would be able to refill at the lake when I stopped for lunch.
I only saw three other groups while I was out - the solitude was quite nice on the trail. I was passed by one lady on the switchbacks to Hemlock Pass, both of us headed to Melakwa Lake. When I go there, I saw her on one side of the lake and then went the short distance to Upper Melakwa Lake. She could have her lake all to herself, and I had mine.
I refilled one quart of water with my water filter, treated it and packed up to head out. My water filter is so cool. Its smaller and lighter than a quart of water and living in Western Washington, there are always plenty of water sources. I can safely get away with carrying less water (recall that I like to pack heavy) than I would normally carry. Had I not brought the filter, I would have carried 4 quarts of water (I know, probably overdoing it)!
I finished my lunch and surprisingly the sun came out. I was expecting the rain to continue for the rest of the afternoon, but I was glad to not hike in the rain. In fact, I debated a few times actually putting on my sunglasses!
All in all, it was a nice hike. Looking out the window as I type this, its raining, which would have made for a less pleasant backpack. I'm glad I was able to still get outside!