After two back-to-back weekends in Portland, we finally spent a weekend at home, which you know what that means: hiking!
Originally, Ryan and I planned on camping Saturday night, but since we were busy with launching Brew Pup (more on that in a bit), we decided to do a day hike and test some of our camping supplies, including our stove, pots, packs, and a new harness for Charlie.
After a hearty breakfast of bacon, eggs, and potatoes on Saturday morning, we packed up our new Deuter backpacks, wrangled the puggle, and headed out to Snow Lake in the Snoqualmie Pass region of the Central Cascades. The drive from Bothell to Snow Lake took just over an hour (it would probably take the same amount of time if you’re coming from downtown Seattle). By the time we arrived, the first parking lot was already packed. This is a popular trail!
Snow Lake is an easy hike with a gentle elevation gain. We hiked 3 miles from the trailhead to the start of the lake, hiked for another mile around the lake, and returned to the trailhead for a total of 7 miles with an elevation gain of 1800 feet. The hike up took us just under 90 minutes and the hike down took 75 minutes; since we had plenty of time, we spent a couple hours exploring and relaxing by this beautiful alpine lake.
The trail is clearly marked and easy to follow. Snow Lake is an ideal option if you are traveling with a group, a novice hiker, or just looking for an easy hike that won’t toast your legs. A majority of the trail is rocky, which means that proper footwear and some coordination are beneficial for enjoying this hike.
Charlie managed well without boots, but dogs with sensitive paws may need some boots to protect their feet. We’ve actually considered purchasing a pair of doggie hiking boots for Charlie, but he is weird about things touching his feet (his toenail trimmings require two groomers, an old priest, and a young priest) and he’d probably just kick them off within the first five feet of a hike. This is life with a puggle.
While we were at Snow Lake, we found a nice spot to set up our camp stove and make lunch. Annie’s Organics Mac & Cheese is the perfect camping meal—so easy to make and so delicious! After eating, we climbed a bit further to scope out campsites for future visits. The higher we climbed, the more spectacular the views of Snow Lake!
Charlie is slowly overcoming is fear of the water (I think he’s the only dog who does not like to swim) and he splashed around in some of the streams that fed into Snow Lake.
The rest of the weekend we spent working on business stuff, including my RRCA coaching certification and our online clothing site Brew Pup! You can find us on Facebook here. We are selling Anvil and American Apparel t-shirts (long and short sleeve) and sweatshirts with craft beer themed designs. 25% of all proceeds are donated directly to dog rescues across the country, including Stray Rescue in St. Louis, Lakeshore PAWS in Valparaiso, IN, and Seattle Humane. Plus, we offer free shipping across the US and Canada!
Questions of the Day:
What odd quirks or habits does your dog/pet have? —> Too many to name.
If you could own your own business (or if you do), what would it be?
What are your plans for this weekend?