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.
Bible Back Mountain
The cabins had a great view of the mountain
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
Biff enjoyed playing in the snow, mission accomplished!
After lunch overlooking the avalanche area and some wondering around we headed back down the hill.
Three Cabins Creek
It’s been a good year for flowers in the area with late precipitation.
A fairly large avalanche had flowed across the road
Looking east down Germania Valley where I haven’t been yet.
Another small avalanche near the road,.
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.