Pretty short post today. I don't have a lot to say that I didn't already say when I first did this hike almost exactly two years ago. This time I took my hiking pal who had not been there before. We were half way to the trailhead before we realized that we'd forgotten our Northwest Forest Pass. Luckily we found a Chevron open in Sultan and were able to buy one. Then, just as we were about to depart the car for the trail, I realized I'd left both of my water bottles in my refrigerator. The morning didn't seem to be starting out the way we'd hoped. Luckily my buddy had a spare Nalgene to loan me and I had my water filter in my pack.
We were on the trail right at 7 AM and had the trail to ourselves all the way up to the falls. They were roaring as normal. It's been said before but it's worth mentioning again. To fall into the water would mean certain death, so be very careful.
After that we headed up to the lake which we'd reach at just about 10:30 AM. There was a lot less snow today compared to the first time I'd come up there, though both trips were right at the end of May. I was happy to see less snow even if it also meant that we didn't get to witness any avalanches coming down off the backside of Mt. Index. The lake is still mostly covered with snow and the path around the lake to the right is buried under snow. We didn't attempt to go too far down the path due to concerns of post-holing in the softening snow.
While we saw very few people on the way to the lake, there were hundred of people coming up as we returned. This made getting down slower than we would have liked. The parking lot was packed. I'm always surprised at the confusion between the Northwest Forest Pass and the Discover Pass I see in all the parked cars at trailheads. Today was no different. Luckily for the confused I saw no rangers writing tickets. The only other thing to say is that the trail was very wet today. We endured rain from the car to the lake (you can see it in the video) but we finally dried out by the time we reached the car a little before 1 PM. That's it for today. If you are looking for more detail be sure to refer back to my first write-up.