Hope the summer is going well for everyone!
It’s been wetter and chillier than last summer, so when you head out, be sure to bring warm layers and rain gear (at least for now!) But seems like the weather is finally warming up!
Here are some updates from the field from last week.
Refection Lakes trail
As of 7/12 there is patchy snow, easily traversable up to Plot 6. After that, there are more areas where snow covers the trail. In some areas it’s clear where the trail is, but between Plots 6 and 7, it is easier to lose the trail, so be careful, and avoid going if it’s super foggy. Markers are in thru Plot 7. Plots 8 and 9 were still snowed in, but should be melting out soon.
Right: bear by the roadside on the way to Reflection Lakes.
Below: Yonit slipping and sliding down the trail (this was from a few weeks ago!)
As of 7/4 all markers are in and the trail is clear now.
Here are a few shots of this amazing hike….
By the way, the Glacier Basin hike is a lesser-known, but equally beautiful (and snow-free!) hike. If you haven’t been there yet, now’s a great time to sign up for that one!
Right: My favorite waterfall on this hike!
Below: Stunning view of Mt. Rainier from the Glacier Basin campground between plots 14 and 15.
Be safe out there. (If you are going to hike solo, please remember to send us your emergency contact’s name and email address by filling out the safety form (the link is now on the calendar and in multiple places on the MeadoWatch website and emails we’ve sent out.)
Have fun and thank you all so much for your volunteering!!
Yonit and Emmi for….
Your MeadoWatch Team