Jefferson Park

August 29-30, 1992

Weather reports were great for a Cascade weekend, so five eager backpackers left SEHS at 7:00 am. Whitewater parking lot wasn’t too full, and with only one technicality we were off on our five-mile pack in. We were slow, diverting our aching necks and low backs by absorbing the beauty of this trail. During lunch we were treated to decadent snacks by the Gliddens who had bought all their backpack food at “Oasis”. Once in the “Park”, we dropped our packs to scout for a place to camp. Since we were exhausted, we unanimously decided that pitching our tents by Scout Lake was good enough. Into our swimsuits for swimming, sun bathing and napping. Scout Lake is one of the best mountain lakes — a good solid bottom, no debris and reasonable temperature. Jefferson Park looked to me as it would by late September: gone were the wild flowers and green meadows, instead brilliant red ground covers and golden grasses were the forestages for the magnificence of the mountain, ever changing by the light. Highlights of a too-short-stay were the Gliddens’ contribution to dinner, Barb’s sterno stove, good coffee, exploring the lake, finding the “spring” beyond Russell Lake and not a lot of people. The gods and the Gliddens made our hike out wonderful. Cool weather and warmed spirits sent us floating quickly along the trail. Happy backpackers were Tony & Judy Glidden, Barb Elsen, Martha Welches and Carolyn Kompanik (leader).

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