"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence
It’s time to break out the hiking boots here in the Northwest! At long last our damp winter is transforming into a not-so-soggy spring and the trails are drying out.
On Tuesday I got in my first hike of the year and it felt great to be out there again! I met up with a friend after work with plans to hike to Fragrance Lake. The lake is nestled in the heart of the Chuckanut Mountains and the trail even splits off to a beautiful viewpoint over the San Juans. The hike is easy enough for families with kids, gaining about 1000 feet of elevation along two miles.
The trailhead starts near beautiful Larrabee Park. After a series of switchbacks for 0.9 miles though wooded hills the trail forks to give the option of a viewpoint or continuing to the lake. We went with checking out the view.
The day was warm, sunny in the morning with these evening clouds rolling in. But cloudy or bright, this view really is spectacular! Heading back to the main trail, we continued the last 1.1 miles to the lake. Fragrance Lake doesn’t have a particular fragrance, at least that I’ve been able to recall. But every time I go up there the water looks like glass.
Smooth as ice and mirroring back the surrounding hills, it’s a beautiful spot. There was the occasional “plop” and ripple of fish jumping and I heard its a good place to fish. Perhaps later in the summer it will warm up enough for a lovely swim. But for that day we just enjoyed the serenity and stillness.