Green Lake — Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
Mount Rainier Area
The hike starts at the Carbon Entrance. The road which used to be open for vehicles was converted into a generously wide foot path. You will walk amid primordial old growths, hear the almost symphonic rush of water flowing down a stream mixed in with the tree ensconced Carbon River whirring in the background. After about 3 miles of gentle stroll, you'll happen, eventually, upon a sign on the right side of the road bearing the name "Green Lake Trailhead." Enter. If you're lucky, a glistening gossamer devoid of its carpenter will greet you as you further your journey here. The trail will take on a different face - steps, stones, and water, appearing one by one, eventually occupying your way simultaneously. It wasn't particularly dry, nor was the day soaked with rain hurtling in all directions - it was strangely both. If you hope to exist here without tolerating a little bit of moisture, you're out of luck. But don't let that discourage. This hike was all-around pleasant and hardly any effort was exerted to enjoy its serenity. On your way up, the trail is bifurcated into two directions; on the left is the short 200' diversion to Ranger Falls, and to the right continues the way to Green Lake - pit stop to the waterfall is highly recommended! Keep walking and in about a mile, you'll cross a log bridge which, from a certain distance, looks frail and untrustworthy. False. The bridge is sturdy and if one examines it enough, is really quite pretty, too! Enjoy as it allows you to hover aloft a modest river which, I gathered, was perpetuating the glory of Ranger Falls. In a few more minutes of treading a very decent and gentle trail, you'll arrive at Green Lake. Green Lake, in the height of this mild winter of ours, was like a performance hall, where clouds danced above it - their movements so curiously harmonious, like a well choreographed ballet. Furthermore, Green Lake didn't quite look like the garden variety green we're all used to - it was more like absinthe. The green fairy. Indeed, if fairies existed, this might be a place for them to call home.