Annette Lake with Derek 6/23/2016

Annette Lake on a rainy day
Annette Lake on a rainy day

Derek’s knee has been sore so we have been careful about doing too much elevation and distance until he feels it is fully healed.  Today was a good step.

We picked this hike because it is not very long (7 miles, out and back) and not very steep.  But it was a bit steeper than we anticipated.  Most of the ~1500 foot elevation gain was in about a 2 mile stretch, so that is reasonably steep.

Anyway, it was a decent workout on a rainy Thursday.  This is a popular trail for various reasons such as:

This waterfall is loud
This waterfall is loud

And nice views of the mountains that surround the alpine lake to which we were heading:

Silver Peak
Silver Peak

And a few fun bridges:

Log bridge
Log bridge

There was one tricky little spot to negotiate.  Approximately every other log was unstable:

Lakeside log jam
Lakeside log jam

And there sure are wildflowers aplenty these days:

A spritz of color
A spritz of color

All in all a nice hike, a good step on the road to recovery for Derek.

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