July 24, 1993
There were only two of us for this hike; there were two “no-shows”.
We had planned to go up Soda Creek across by Broken Top and down along Fall Creek.
Two days before the hike the Forest Service advised that the area was covered by snow.
We decided to test the possibilities.
At the trail head a Park Service representative indicated that the first group they knew of
was going up Soda Creek that day; that she did not know the conditions.
She said she had been up Fall Creek almost to Green Lakes and that there was a lot of snow.
That perhaps we would decide to turn off to Moraine Lake, which was open.
They felt the link between Fall Creek and Soda Creek would “not be usable.”
We changed our routing and went up the Fall Creek Trail … a good portion of the trail
had snow drifts on it.
Most drifts only required a few steps up, then across, and a few steps down.
As we neared Green Lakes, the trail to Soda Creek appeared to be in heavy snow and we did not
follow that route.
Our planned 12 miles turned into 9 miles.
We took the trail, due to snow, for two brief periods.
On one of these occasions we were followed by a group of four as we bushwhacked back to the trail.
The snow and the altered plan was more than offset by the creek’s enlivened cataracts from
the heavy run-off, ideal weather and fewer people on this trail.
The experience was so good I think I’ll try it again around September.
Hikers were Margaret Bayless and Ben Jeffries, leader.