July 11, 2016
Raven and I finally fulfilled a long awaited dream of ours. For years we’ve been wanting to go camping together and have been making due with day hikes and mini-adventures while building up our gear. I mean, it’s no joke the amount of stuff you need (and don’t need) for back-country camping. The research alone is pretty killer. My dad used to take me camping a lot when I was younger and I think I have him to thank for my love of the outdoors. Our trips have become some of my favorite childhood memories and the wilderness has become my permanent happy place.
Not really knowing how I would fare with a ton of weight on my back, we started off with a fairly moderate trek to Snow and Gem Lakes. Being out in the mountains completely rejuvenates me. There’s nothing that can silence my mind like the beauty of this state and although I still take my camera because what photographer could resist some epic fog and scenic views, I still let it rest the entire hike back so I can be in the moment. Be prepared to be overwhelmed with the beauty this state has to offer, I really couldn’t help myself.
Hike info can be found at the bottom of the blog. 🙂
Best outdoor purchase + women’s hiking boots ever. I have literally worn these things in water, snow, dessert, rainforest and the mountains without getting a single blister. Love love love Ahnu!
This first one is his typical picture face. I couldn’t help but share. Ohhhhh the photographer’s husband!
Just have to say, my hubs did an amazing job picking out this tent. He researched ultra-light 2 person tents for almost 6 months and decided to go with the MSR Hubba Hubba from REI. This thing was surrounded by water when we woke up but somehow we stayed dry the whole night. We got ours from REI – MSR Hubba Hubba.
STATS + HIKE INFO:
For those of you who are interested in visiting, both lakes are found in the Snoqualmie region and have parking available at the Alpental entrance. A National Park Pass can be used or it’s $5/day cash upon arrival. Both hikes are absolutely stunning taking you through scenic views, waterfalls, ridge lines, ponds and lakes. Our trip started on July 5th and there was still snow in some areas, quite a bit of mud and some flying bugs near the water. The trails were fairly moderate, not too challenging but definitely had a lot of rocky areas and footing with large tree roots.
Snow Lake – 7.2 miles round trip | 1800ft. elevation gain | 4,400ft highest point
Gem Lake – Along the same route but the trail takes you over the North Western ridge line.
10.5 miles round trip | Highest elevation point 4,857 ft.
Welcome to the blog! I’m a small-town Florida girl and Army wife relocated to the Seattle Suburbs, documenting love from one coast to the other. I live for a good PNW mountain breeze, sweat pants, and local eats. Let's be friends!
LOVE all of these. Cant wait to visit
Can’t wait for you to visit!
Snow lake is the perfect place for your adventure heart! I am so jealous but glad you and Raven took the time to fulfill your dream of doing this together. You will have these memories to cherish forever!
We will go again when Caden’s here!
This are STUNNING photos and you truly captured the area! What an amazing trip!
Thank you Courtney! It was pretty amazing, you’ll have to check it out!
Amazing photos, thank you for sharing your journey! It reminds me a lot of our backcountry hiking trip into the Grand Canyon! It is a memory I cherish every day.
Thank you for the kind words Nicole. So happy you enjoyed the photos! 🙂
Snow Lake looks amazing! This is one hike I’ve had on my list for a while as well. Big props to you guys for camping out there and I’m super excited to check out those hiking boots you recommended! I just told my husband the other day that I need a good pair of hiking shoes.