Another wonderful spring day in the middle of winter. We went up the old trail then past Mason Lake and on to Rainbow Lake.
We have never been to Blazer Lake and I thought it would be nice to include it. It looks like it is only a short distance from Rainbow but I have never noticed a trail on previous trips through the area. We did see some foot prints in the snow heading in the right direction, but they turned around at a swampy area. I decided to do the same, too lazy to bushwhack. Very little snow, most of the trail was snow free.
Just prior to Rainbow Lake, we met our first person on the trail, a guy doing a 27 mile trail run on his day off, what fun. I forgot to ask if he was training for the Cascade Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run. He did mention that last year at this time he was in show up to his knees.
I sat in a sunny spot by the Rainbow Lake and had a snack, very relaxing. Another plus, no bugs!
I haven't been on the new Mason Lake trail since we discovered the old trail. For a change of pace we went down it. It was amazing how many people were coming up the trail on a Monday! We met more people than on all our other hikes put together in the last year.
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On the old trail to Mason Lake.
A mostly frozen Mason Lake and Little Bandera.
The no name lake and Pratt Mountain. A nice alpine lake, I don't know why it doesn't have a name.
Putrid Pete's Peak
The big mountain
Back at the parking lot. Four or five years ago, this is what it would look in the summer on a weekend not on a Monday.