Germania Valley, Idaho

Last year Janet and I hiked up to Fourth of July Lake and a little beyond to what we thought was Washington Lake, as it turned out the second lake we got to was unnamed and Washington Lake a bit further down the trail. Inspecting the map I saw that Washington Lake was also accessible from the other side, using Germania Valley and a small dirt road up into the Three Cabins area. The road was narrow but had been graded recently due to a series of avalanches over the winter. However I went right past the trailhead because the signs had all been removed to avoid destruction in a forest fire the summer before, the area didn’t burn in the end. Reaching the Three Cabins the road became more of an ATV trail, indeed some ATV riders I talked to earlier were amazed I got that far, it really wasn’t difficult.

Germania Valley

Bible Back Mountain

Germania Valley

The cabins had a great view of the mountain

Germania Valley
Germania Valley

Two of the three were pretty much derelict but there was one still standing and it had a lock on the door, inside were a few chairs and a table, it didn’t look like anybody had used it for quite a while.

The ATV riders told me it was about 5 miles uphill to Washington Lake from this side, it didn’t look that far on the poor map I have but they knew the area, it was also rocky which isn’t much fun, so I decided instead just to hike into the basin below Bible Back Mountain.

When I reached the basin I discovered the remnants of yet another avalanche

Germania Valley

Biff enjoyed playing in the snow, mission accomplished!

Germania Valley

After lunch overlooking the avalanche area and some wondering around we headed back down the hill.

Three Cabins Creek

Germania Valley

It’s been a good year for flowers in the area with late precipitation.

Germania Valley
Germania Valley
Germania Valley

A fairly large avalanche had flowed across the road

Germania Valley
Germania Valley
Germania Valley

Looking east down Germania Valley where I haven’t been yet.

Germania Valley

Another small avalanche near the road,.

Germania Valley

Right after this it started to rain then hail so it was probably a good thing I wasn’t higher on the mountain trying to get to Washington Lake.