Wanting to get out for a hike that wasn’t all that hard since I was a little out of shape from not getting all that much exercise this last winter, I thought I’d head to Lena Lake for the day.
Got an early start before the crowds, and it was a little after 8 in the morning when I started hiking. On the way to the lake, I saw plenty of trilliums, early yellow violet, bleeding heart, Oregon grape and calypso orchids in bloom. When I was almost to the lake I was buzzed by a Rufous Hummingbird. There are a few trees across the trail, but they are all easy to get over or under.
Upon reaching the lake I stopped for rest at the big rock overlooking the lake. I was recruited by a group of hikers to take their picture. Once they left I took a few pictures before heading towards the north end of the lake and the Valley of Silent Men. Where the bridge that was damaged a few years ago, that no longer exits, I found a rock and log “bridge” that people have made. I crossed and found a spot next the lake to eat lunch. Before I started hiking out, I hiked a little ways up the trail that goes to The Brothers to see if there was water in the creek for any picture taking. Sadly, the creek was dry. I noticed that the water level in Lena Lake was a few feet lower than it usually is for this time of the year.
On my hike out I saw the most unprepared group of hikers I have ever seen. They were carrying all their clothing, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, food and a lot more in bags that were tucked under arms or from bags dangling from straps they had around their necks and over their shoulders. They also had very small school backpacks bulging with stuff and not a single hiking style backpack in sight. My poor brain had a meltdown when I saw them all and was trying to comprehend what I was seeing. It seemed to me it was a group of foreign exchange students that were taken on a hike at the last minute.
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