The Snow Lake trail is a 6.4 mile with an elevation gain of 1700 ft. It’s about a hour drive east from Seattle, near the Snoqualmie Pass. Out of the 5 hikes I’ve done in the Seattle area, this one has been my favorite! I would highly recommend it.
When you drive up to the trail head, it looks like you’re driving into a small alpine village/chalet area, which was kind of odd but interesting! The hike starts with a climb with a lot of switchbacks, but it’s beautiful to look out and see how high you’ve climbed and look out at the mountain range around. There are also edible berries along the trail (although I’m not sure what kind of berries they are, but I ate some and nothing bad happened to me).
Once you get to the top of the first mountain, you can look down and see Snow Lake! The lake is amazingly clear; it’s so beautiful! There’s also snow surrounding the edges still even though it’s summer. We climbed down next to the lake, and I went in for a short swim :) It was super cold, since the water is snowmelt, but it was really refreshing after getting all dusty on the hike.
If you’re ever in the Seattle area, go to Snow Lake!!!!!!! It’s amazing <3
Usually, while writing this post, I would be at Caltech playing volleyball. I begin school eith preseason, which for those unfamiliar (or are planning on joining women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s waterpolo, or cross country) is a 5 week long period before school begins where the sports teams I listed before practice and compete. My life during preseason is basically volleyball 24/7. Two practices a day (during school only one) and game days three days a week. No school work to worry about, spending time with my teammates all day, a nice refresher before school begins.
Every year, the Caltech Society of Women Engineers attends the National SWE conference to network with other SWE Chapters and to hustle for jobs. Last year, the event was in Minneapolis, and the year before in Austin. This time around, it’s in Anaheim which is much more convenient for us. Since it is much closer, we were able to send many more delegates to attend and miss fewer classes in the process of doing so.
It’s truly Autumn in Scotland now. It reached 0 degrees Celsius today, or 32 Fahrenheit for you yanks. They’re setting up the Christmas market downtown (as thanksgiving isn’t a thing here they just skip directly from Halloween to Christmas). Snow isn’t falling, but it does seem to be raining every other day. And it’s pleasant, quite pleasant. The rain turns Edinburgh into even more of a dramatic and beautiful city than usually is.