Lake TwentyTwo (Dec 31, 2017)

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lake_22_coverConditions: Snowshoe
Gear: Snowshoes
Map: USGS Verlot
Area: Mountain Loop Hwy
Reference: n/a
Stats: 5.31mi, 1416' gain (round trip)


I finally had a break from the house projects to fit in a trip outdoors. I didn't have much time to think about options so mainly tried to find something close to home (I didn't want to travel far on a holiday) that Steve had not done in winter so Lake 22 it was.

The lake of snow was reminiscent of the winter of 2013-2014. It was scary how little there was. There is the open slope that can be an issue if avy conditions are elevated but today...it was almost bare.

We arrived at the lake and as usual, it was cold. The lake basin seems perpetually to be in the shade in the winter and every snow trip I've done there was really cold. Today wasn't much different. We found a spot off trail to drop our packs and eat a quick lunch before heading back down.

Now it is "rant on" time. On the hike down we came across two young guys carrying overnight packs. I tried to keep my assumptions in check and asked where they were headed. They said they planned to camp at the lake overnight. WTH? There are signs all over at the trailhead saying camping is not permitted. I politely mentioned that there is no camping at the lake and they just responded very flippantly that they had camped there before...so no problem. So I wished them a nice evening and mentioned that the no camping rules must apply to everyone but them. Please...this is a protected area. There is a reason there is no camping allowed at the lake. Please observe the rules. They DO apply to everyone.
 
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