We started on the east bluff on the south of the lake’s shore. Initially the plan was to hike the east bluff trail, but we thought it would take more time than planned. The shorter route was through the Balanced Rock, the Devil’s Doorway, Potholes trail, and Grottos trail. In hindsight, it was easier than we thought, we made it back to the car well before sunset. This is a photo essay of the hike, below the jump are photos from everyone’s cameras.
After crossing the railroad tracks, it wasn’t long before a fairly steep rock climb.
The Balanced Rock.Though earlier in the season, we came across several hikers throughout the trail. There was a father teaching his daughter how to hike, he also gave us directions. Lovely photo, from Mark’s camera.
Views of the lake from Randy’s camera.
Tai-chi Randy! The gorgeous view of the valley below, the land that now occupies a space that used to connect the two lakes. We were high above enough to see eagles in flight, at roughly the same height from where we stood.
A good fifteen minutes past the Balanced Rock, we made it to the Devil’s Doorway.Robot dance solo on the rocks.
I went to the other side of the doorway for hero pictures. Like… a pensive shot seated close to the edge, looking out towards the view. But that the photo below betrays what actually happened. The other hikers probably heard shouting in Tagalog which translates to:
“IS THERE ENOUGH SUPPORT BENEATH ME OR AM I ON A CANTILEVERED ROCK?”
“It’s not cantilevered… You can still go further out, there’s support beneath you. You’ll be fine.”
“WHAT IF THE ROCKS CRACK OR MOVE FROM MY WEIGHT WHEN I MOVE? THIS IS REALLY HIGH UP”
“You’re fine! It’s not going to crack, you’re not THAT HEAVY! It’s not going to break, don’t worry.”
This is how I end up on roller coasters and log jam rides. The colors came out so nicely in Mark’s photo below.
I was shouting to them from across the gap.
We didn’t see as much greenery as you probably would later on in the spring and summer, but the weather was perfect. I love hiking in fairly cold weather. Less sweating, less bugs, and less people. All in all it took almost two hours for the entire hike.