Today, the fourth Saturday in September, is National Public Lands Day. As designed, it is the largest organized volunteer event for public lands in the United States. Well, because of COVID, many of the in-person events have been put on hold, but there are still virtual events that you can participate in – find them here: https://www.neefusa.org/npld
To honor our public lands, which I have been so fortunate to enjoy frequently, I decided to feature a recent hike.
August 3, 2019 – Watson Lakes
Noisy-Diobsud Wilderness, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest – 9 miles roundtrip
This hike includes the option to go to a series of alpine glacier lakes, including Anderson Lake, Lower Watson Lake and Upper Watson Lake. This hike has it all! You start out hiking through the forest, with multiple inclines and declines. Eventually you arrive at a meadow and a series of boardwalks so you aren’t slogging through water. More forested hiking then deposits you into an alpine landscape with beautiful views!
The lakes are amazing, with lots of rocky outcroppings and views of the mountains above! There are some incredible views of Mount Baker, as well as huge rocks that were deposited by glaciers. Lelani and I enjoyed this hike thoroughly, taking time at the top to have lunch and canned wine. After resting up a bit, I braved the waters of Upper Watson Lake for an ice cold swim!
I’ll have to make sure to get back to this hike soon!
As for today – it is pouring down rain here, but I was still able to get out for a soggy walk this morning. It’s fall, so it’s time for that reminder that you won’t melt! I hope you are able to get outside for National Public Lands Day today!