PNW (Pacific Northwest) Treks: Colchuck Lake.
A slight breeze brushed across the back of my neck with the last light of the day finding it's way around the mountain peak reminding me that the cold fresh northwest air was about to become colder. Day transitioning into night, there I was standing in front of Dragontail Peak - mesmerized and imagining I was lost in Skyrim. Then reality set in, I was near the mountain top by myself in total darkness yet determined to find my way back.
It was an adventurous Sunday like none of my other hikes. I reached the trailhead early in the afternoon, hiked thru 5 miles of challenging elevation gains, switchbacks with snow and icy covered trails at higher elevations making the trip more challenging. It was ~5pm, the sun had set, darkness had arrived. I slowly descended down the mountain trying to find the path and my footing, with a few slips and falls, I cautiously moved down the trail. A headlamp and the GPS on my watch to guide me thru path I was able to navigate thru the maze. I temporarily got lost but was able to find my way back when I paid attention to where I was supposed to go.
To make a long story short - it took me about 4 hrs in the dark to get back to the trailhead with temperatures dropping down to 15 (-11 celsius) degrees fahrenheit with certain mishaps (getting lost) along the way. Oh, I must say that the stars above were so beautiful - it was gorgeous looking up at alpine trees with the stars as a backdrop of a clear night.
An experience I will definitely remember but probably won't highly recommend to others. =) @donpardotcom
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