Independence Lake Hike Jul 2014

Images from my Canon G15  camera.    WA locations   ....Independence Lake, Mountain Loop Highway, Snohomish County,  WA    7/18/2014

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Coal Lake outflow, on our drive to the Independence Lake Trailhead. 07/18/14Coal Lake, on our drive to the Independence Lake Trailhead. 07/18/14Coal Lake, on our drive to the Independence Lake Trailhead. 07/18/14 Coal Lake, on our drive to the Independence Lake Trailhead. 07/18/14Fran is about one minute above the trailhead. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14Lots of rocky places on this trail. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14Easy water crossings in July. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14 Fran has learned to enjoy the ski poles, which help one's balance. \nOur hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14The first view of Independence Lake. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14A good place to get the ski-pole benefits of balance! Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14A nice perch on logs across the lake outflow. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14 the trail is mostly tree roots along the western shore of the lake.\nOur hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14We enjoyed the lake views along the way. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14Red bark and blue water are pleasing. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14Sometimes it is fun to be on the other side of the camera. \nOur hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14 The trail descends down to a meadow, where there is a campground on the north end of the lake. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14Lots of blooms in the meadow at the north end of the lake.\nOur hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14Corn lilies galore here. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14Fran is an enthisiastic hiker, and we get lots of outings in the good weather. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14 New growth is always abundant here. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14We are now climbing the east wall above the lake, on a trail that goes to North Lake. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14Fran is getting tired (does it show?) Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14Lupine is attractive beside the trail. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14 Fancy flowers, Columbine, along the path. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14I went forward to see some more of the trail to North Lake for a few minutes, while Fran rested below. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14I returned back down to the spot where Fran was resting. North Lake will have to be done another time. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14A twisted way to relax, huh! Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14 Thistle can be colorful... Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14Finally back down from climbing the bank east of the lake. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14Ready to climb up the west bank to get to the south end of the lake. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14Places along this trail were rough but manageable. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14 Lake views were pretty, and we saw small trout jumping here. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14Cascade mountain lakes are really pretty. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14Now we are at the south end of the lake, and once across these logs we can start going down to the car. Our hike to Independence Lake, near Barlow Pass, WA. 07/18/14Some scenes as we drove back to the highway, down the Coal Creek road. This is the Big Four mountain. 07/18/14 Fran amongst the foxglove and daisies. Some scenes as we drove back to the highway, down the Coal Creek road. 07/18/14Some scenes as we drove back to the highway, down the Coal Creek road. The canyon below has the Mountain Loop Highway going west. 07/18/14

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