Source Lake Adventure Hike

Lesson learned - if Gaia doesn't show a trail there most likely isn't one. What a memorable misadventure!
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img_1767 Checking out the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River below the pedestrian bridge to Alpental. Source Lake, the origin of the river, is our intended destination.
Checking out the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River below the pedestrian bridge to Alpental. Source Lake, the origin of the river, is our intended destination.
img_1768 Quite a trip walking through a ski area without snow. Here's the base of Alpental's Chair 1.
Quite a trip walking through a ski area without snow. Here's the base of Alpental's Chair 1.
2020-06-29 15.29.40 Gavin was not happy with the first misnavigation of the day. If only he knew what was to come...
Gavin was not happy with the first misnavigation of the day. If only he knew what was to come...
2020-06-29 15.30.30 Zoe posing in front of Snoqualmie Mountain while standing in the Alpental parking lot.
Zoe posing in front of Snoqualmie Mountain while standing in the Alpental parking lot.
img_1771 Here we are about a third of the way to Source Lake in a pretty open area. The trail is long gone and we've been busy bushwhacking our way upstream. The talus...
Here we are about a third of the way to Source Lake in a pretty open area. The trail is long gone and we've been busy bushwhacking our way upstream. The talus…
2020-06-29 16.20.55 Our preferred hiking surfaces, when we could find them, were snow, rocks, and big-treed forest since those were the only places to escape the brush.
Our preferred hiking surfaces, when we could find them, were snow, rocks, and big-treed forest since those were the only places to escape the brush.
img_1775 Entering a slightly treacherous snow zone with lots of little streams. Martin found one with his foot after collapsing a hidden snow bridge.
Entering a slightly treacherous snow zone with lots of little streams. Martin found one with his foot after collapsing a hidden snow bridge.
img_1776 The snow got deeper the closer we got to Source Lake.
The snow got deeper the closer we got to Source Lake.
img_1777 Trail, what trail?
Trail, what trail?
img_1778 Kathryn's facial expression for most of the hike. The faint trail completely vanished about half a mile into the 3 mile hike to Source Lake.
Kathryn's facial expression for most of the hike. The faint trail completely vanished about half a mile into the 3 mile hike to Source Lake.
img_1781 Gavin striding towards Source Lake as we finally made it through, a bit worse for wear.
Gavin striding towards Source Lake as we finally made it through, a bit worse for wear.
img_1783 Trying to figure out how we're going to get out of the Source Lake basin. We decided on the rightmost rock band which involved crossing no less than 6 streams...
Trying to figure out how we're going to get out of the Source Lake basin. We decided on the rightmost rock band which involved crossing no less than 6 streams…