Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Hiking, Hiking with baby

Trips I missed

I’ve been so caught up in the scrapbooking world that I’ve neglected to talk about hiking – whaa? Almost all of our hikes this fall were chanterelle hunts, and there’s not much more to say about those beyond “we went to an undisclosed location and found mushrooms and it was steep and it was fun and finding chanterelles is a modern gold hunt and once you get going it’s really hard to stop because dopamine and everyone should do it but just don’t come to our undisclosed location“. But as for normal hikes, here we go:


Aah, the most overrun place in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. But you know what, it’s overrun for a reason – it’s a damn nice place that happens to be damn close to Seattle. So everyone goes there, and we go there.

The problem with not blogging about trips right away is that I tend to forget things very fast. This is why I love blogging. And scrapbooking! I remember three things from this hike:

Snow Lake

1) Because of the wildfires, it was so hazy we could hardly see across the valley, and we ended up feeling guilty for bringing Nora and her pure, unspoiled, tiny little lungs out there.

Snow Lake

2) We had a really good lunch break and Nora got nice and dirty rolling around in the dust.

Snow Lake

3) She finally took a much-needed nap as we were hiking out, but after 20 minutes or so, a woman who was passing us yelled, actually yelled “Oh my god look, that baby is sleeping in a backpack!!”, thereby waking her up. I don’t know why people do this, but it has happened so many times.


This was supposed to be a mushroom hunt, but we couldn’t find anything good (much to the delight of the anti-fungal friend we were hiking with that day).

Lake Margaret

Lake Margaret

Instead we dropped down to Margaret Lake and had lunch in the pouring rain. It was one of those days where everything was so wet and grey that the fall colors stood out like magic.

Lake Margaret Lake Margaret
Lake Margaret Lake Margaret


As I mentioned in the previous post, we kicked off JK’s Thanksgiving break with a hike to Lodge Lake.

Lodge Lake

Last time we went to Lodge Lake, I was all pregnant and waddly. And it was summer, and really hot. And Basil was there! Aaaw.

Lodge Lake

This time our main objective was to get a Christmas card photo of the three of us together, but Nora was way too into the snow to cooperate (see the pic below of Nora’s limbs flailing every which way). We didn’t mind, because seeing her enjoying herself that much outdoors makes us so happy.

Christmas card fail

Lodge Lake Lodge Lake

We gave up on the photo and hiked through the winter wonderland forest, singing Christmas carols and not getting over how gorgeous it was.

Lodge Lake Lodge Lake
Lodge Lake Lodge Lake

I hope we can get out on another trail or two before the year is over, but if this ends up being our last hike of 2015, it was a mighty good one.

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  • Reply Misti December 13, 2015 at 4:42 am

    It’s been so long since we’ve been on a hike! Our camping plans recently keep being thrwarted due to bad weather. And then my husband was out of town for 12 days for work so it has not been a very hikeable late autumn so far.

    Love the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. We got a permit for the Upper Enchantments a few years ago and had a lot of fun (pre-baby) tinkering around up there for a few days. I actually still have some photos to process from there that I never shared.

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz December 13, 2015 at 11:39 am

      Oh you should totally get those photos processed! The ALW is amazing, I’m so thankful to have it so close to us.

  • Reply Chelsea December 14, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    You have made me want to try Lodge Lake this weekend! Do you think we’d need snowshoes?

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz December 14, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Cool! I would assume so, after all the rain we’ve had down here (which I hope mostly fell as snow up here) – another concern would be that the trail crosses the ski hill, so I don’t know if it’s accessible when the Summit at Snoqualmie is open!

  • Reply Lisa December 15, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I love seeing all your trip reports and photos. And it’s so amazing what you guys are exposing Nora to. I hope we can do the same. :)

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