This is more a bear report then a trail report. When you first sight the lakes thru the trees I was examining and photographing a tree with scratchings at the base wondering if it was the cubs or bobcat. A unmistakable noise came from up hill and ahead of me when I looked the young trees were swaying back and forth. I moved back down the trail as I did not know which direction the bruin was going once they reached the trail. She headed down hill to the basin and her cubs followed. I was able to photograph them from the trail as the family made their way to the small pond for a swim. I even saw mama turn and playfully take her paw and dunk her cub. As they emerged from the water there were 2 people at the lake who had continued to move closer, mama's ears went up and focused on the threat. At that point I shouted give her space and they moved back. The family continued along the spit and to the far side of the lake and disappeared into the woods. I hope we all can continue to have such magical encounters while respecting her space. We are visitors in their home. Not all mama bears would be so tolerant of such an intrusion.
Mount Rainier Area