Join Wellness Through Adventure on a back country snowshoe trip along the West Fork Foss River to Trout Lake and back.
Located in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, near Stevens Pass in Central Cascades, Trout Lake is a popular day-hiking and backpacking destination. If you appreciate and seek solitude and have back country navigation skills, winter is a great time to visit.
We decided to leave the car two miles from the start of the official trail and walk along the snow covered road. Once we got to the trailhead, we had to break trail on the way up, and carefully cross snow covered bridges untouched by human boots/snowshoes.
We even got a chance to get close and personal with (read: hug) some giants that fortunately were spared from the forest fires and survived the loggers.
It was a magical day and a wonderful adventure.
“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farm boy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.