Hiking up to Emerald Lake and Sky Meadows
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July 9th, 2010 – by: portia
The trailhead is at the end of the Coldwater campgrounds. The parking lot was not full, it's good to hike on weekdays to avoid crowds, especially on easier hikes. The trail goes along earshot of the rushing water of Coldwater Creek, and crosses it several times. The first part of the hike was easy and took us to Emerald Lake, a small, green and beautiful lake with view of Mammoth Crest behind. There is no swimming in this lake, the water is cold anyway. But the pups went in the sandy shore and cooled off their feet and had a few drinks of water. Then another dog arrived, with 3 people following.
Then we went around the lake and continued our hike, crossing the creek feeding into Emerald Lake. Parts of the trail were covered in patches of snow, and Amber was happy to have her snow bath, and slid down the snow on her back. Some parts of the trail was a little steep (OK, not really, if you are a mountain climber, but a little more than a gentle climb) and we had to cross another creek. Along the way, we had view of the red hill above Lake Mary. The trail was not all open to the sky, so we did get some nice shades in the trees. The creek then turned into a small waterfall, and the water was rushing and splashing there.
There were two other dogs here with their owner sharing the meadow with us, and Diamond played with the other dogs again. The other dogs were off leash, but we kept Diamond and Amber on the leash. Coming down was faster, a little more than 1 hour. The outing took about 4 hours, we hiked slowly, dogs played, I took pictures, we sat down and looked at views from time to time. It was a beautiful day. The mosquitos were out in force though and I had to swat many from my arms. The pups (and us) were tired afterwards, and should sleep well tonight!
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