Blue Lake & Beyond

Olive and I hiked up to Blue Lake this Sunday, a beautiful 5 mile out-and-back that began just west of Brainard Lake. Although the weather called for rain, we barely saw a cloud in the sky. The trail starts at just over 10,000 feet, and climbs to 11,355 feet through evergreen forest scrawled with streams. The sweeping views at the top made all the huffing and puffing worthwhile.