Hiking to Green Lakes, Oregon
Well, once again I completely forgot to post this blog post but I have a good reason! This hike was an attempt and we never actually made it all the way to Green Lakes. We attempted this hike after hiking the Tam McArthur Rim Trail but quickly realized there was a lot more snow than we had planned for (for November 10 that is) and with the steep hills and quickly dropping temperatures, we were sliding all over ice and getting nervous that dark would soon fall. Although we had headlamps, slipping and sliding down steep trails covered in ice in the dark is not a fun time. Ultimately we decided to turn back before reaching the lake to be safe. What we did hike was really beautiful and the first part of the trail hugged a beautiful river with lots of cascades and little waterfalls along the way. There are a few river crossings that consist of a log laid across the water or you can wade through the streams. Every once in awhile there would be a break in the trees that offered beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
Had we been able to hike the entire trail we would have walked 9 miles out-and-back with 1,187 feet of elevation change. This hike is great year round, but in the winter/late fall be sure to bring microspikes and/or snowshoes!