Until, a day or two later when I mentioned we were supposed to have a low of 30 degrees in the valley Saturday night, which made him say, "Instead of St. Mary's, we should backpack to Little Rock Creek Lake this weekend." (In addition to snow, Josh also really likes cold, and it was sure to be colder in the mountains.)
So... after snow arrived in the mountains the day and night before, we set out for the lake with a 30% chance of rain Saturday morning. We started out on dry ground above and southwest of Lake Como. The snow covered trees on the mountainsides and cliffs made the views extra beautiful all around.
A couple of us stayed with the backpacks near the east end of the lake while the others took an excursion around the lake to scout out the best camping spot.
Emily and I wandered around taking in all the breathtaking views and shooting lots of pictures.
The others came back and said they had discovered fairly fresh bear, coyote, and elk or moose tracks around the lake.
While we didn't have any people to share the lake with, the tracks were a good reminder that we didn't have the lake completely to ourselves.
-- At our destination about five miles in. First time I've been to this mountain lake. --
Such awesome views ... it took me a while to get around the lake to our campsite!
We set up camp at the west end of the lake, and enjoyed beautiful views in every direction. The lake was to the east, El Capitan to the west, and the Como Peaks to the south.
After setting up the tents, I took more photos and then joined the others up in the trees to hang out and make supper on a decent sized slab rock in a little opening from the dripping trees.
Camping on snow isn't my favorite type of backpacking trip, but the snow sure adds to the scenic factor of the mountain views.
Daytime temps were somewhat warm, but we figured it probably got down to about 20-25 degrees Fahrenheit during the night. A little bit chilly. ;)
-- day two --
It was evening when we got back to the trailhead, and time to go home and have pizza for supper. My favorite thing to do after backpacking trips. :)
I hope you enjoyed coming along with me on my mountain adventure. I'd love it if you would leave me a comment below and/or hit the facebook button to let me know you liked it.
Enjoy your day! :)