Winopee Lake Trail – An August Trip

Our August backpacking trip was a blast! The kids, dogs and I went alone since Skip had to work on Friday. It was beautiful! Our goal was Mink Lake but we only made it to Winopee Lake.

Skip was nice enough to put together all of our packs the night before. the only bad thing is he always expects an emergency so my pack weighs WAY too much!

Getting us all ready!

Getting us all ready!

We looked eager in the beginning.

We looked eager in the beginning.

Our morning started at Cultus Lake. Its a long walk around the lake, we came across a bunch of mountain bikers and runners from the resort. The first camp was disgusting, human feces and trash everywhere, it was truly gross. These were all big camps that people got to by boat, they were certainly not hikers or backpackers.

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After 2 1/2 miles we reached the wilderness permit signs

Only 3.5 miles to go for a total of 7 for the day

Colton is not excited to go 3 more miles, its starting to go uphill too..

Colton is not excited to go 3 more miles, its starting to go uphill too..

A little water break for the kids and dogs. The Corgis little legs are getting tired at this point

A little water break for the kids and dogs. The Corgis little legs are getting tired at this point

Finally we made it to Winopee Lake, the view was gorgeous! There wasn't great lake access though and we didn't catch any fish.

Finally we made it to Winopee Lake, the view was gorgeous! There wasn’t great lake access though and we didn’t catch any fish.

At this point Colton was concerned that there was going to be a thunderstorm, he was pretty upset. But we were luckily just some wind but no rain or thunder.

At this point Colton was concerned that there was going to be a thunderstorm, he was pretty upset. But we were luckily just some wind but no rain or thunder.

The night was a bit of a struggle, I brought our 2-person backpacking tent for 2 kids, 1 adult a beagle and a corgi. It was a tight fit and I didn’t get a lot of sleep.

Skip met us at camp the next morning about 9am, he got up at the crack of dawn to hike in. Since i wasn’t happy with the lack of fish and poor lake access we decided to pack up and move to a new lake.  Our new goal Teddy Lakes, it was a windblown MESS with tress down everywhere. We couldn’t even get to the lake. Failed plan there.

Muskrat Lake was beautiful (I’m kicking myself now for not getting any pictures)  with baby frogs everywhere. You couldn’t walk anywhere without stepping on them. The old trapper shack in the meadow was fun to explore, we found names and dates back to the early 40’s. At this point we were  just 4 miles from the car so we decided to hit the trail and go home.

Overall another successful trip. As I’m looking through our pictures of all the fun we’ve had I really really miss summer!

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