Natalie wearing my shirt for warmth, Bret wearing Jeb’s shirt, and Aurora tucked inside the shirt! LOL. They didn’t have warm enough stuff for the hike but we made it work. Natalie had to carry Aurora’s bottle for when she wanted the rest of it.
Jeb and I had done this hike a year ago but we did it in June and the lakes were still frozen (so they didn’t look turquoise) and they were covered with snow so it was hard to even tell where the lake was. So we knew we wanted to do this hike again while we were in Silverton.
Natalie and Bret at the first waterfall on the hike.
It was cloudy and crappy weather most of the time but we saw a little bit of sunlight.
Photo credits for most of these pictures goes to Natalie. We had our camera but we didn’t take it out until we got to the lakes since we had done the hike before. Natalie got the perfect Columbine picture.
These flowers were so weird looking!
Bret headed back before getting to the lake because he was carrying Aurora and they were worried about how she would handle being above 12,000 feet and in that weather at only 3 months old. Shortly after he left it started pouring down rain and storming. The lightning was striking uncomfortably close and as we were headed up above the treeline we knew we needed to seek some shelter. The 3 of us hid under this rock for about 15 minutes trying to make a decision about whether or not we would be able to continue. Finally the storm let up a little bit and we went for it.
Natalie wanted some proof that she actually crossed this stream. It was flowing pretty hard and the rocks were really slippery.
We made it to Upper Ice Lake!
We were so glad that we were able to come back and do this hike and make it all the way to the lake despite the storm, it was well worth the effort!