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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Another Great Trip Report

Thank you for giving me and my wife permission to visit the hot spring! We've always enjoyed soaking in hot springs before but that was in Asia. After going to your hot spring, all of our wonderful memories came back and the best part was that we didn't have to fly overseas!

This was our first snowshoe hike this season, and we are also kind of out of shape, so the steep hike was quite challenging. As I told you that I drove by the trail head the day before on my way to Leavenworth, we also stopped on the way up to Stevens Pass, looked across the mountain to see the trail under the power line, and it made us worried, but we were glad that we did not give up. After a good night rest at Leavenworth, we headed to the trail, parked at the lot next to the railroad, and started the hike at around 11:45am; by the time we got to the gate, we knew it wouldn't be easy and we got to take a break when we arrived at the first power line tower at around 12:20pm. Looking uphill at the three arms tower, it just made us want to look for excuses to turn around, but we just kept going and got to the tower at the top at around 1:10pm; another break was needed before we entered the tree covered trail. The last part of the trail was a killer, especially the part before the switchback! The only thing kept us going was that we knew we were almost there. I don't even know what time we got to the pools since we just couldn't wait to get in, probably around 2pm I think, so a little over 2 hours for the hike. The first pool was warm, but it felt cool after a while, so we just mostly stayed in the second hotter pool. No one else was there, so we had the whole place by ourselves. It was very relaxing and definitely worth everything to come here. We have our small picnic and soaked until around 3pm. We wanted to stay longer, but it started to snow, so we left around 3:45pm after we cleaned up and packed. Heading back was easy, we were so refreshed and it took us about 45mins to get back to the parking lot. It was getting dark, but no need to use my flash light yet.

This was a great experience and I am very impressed with all the work you put into this place. I just wished that it is closer to Portland so that I can enjoy this more often. Just can't wait to do this again some other time! Some friends already asked us about this and I hope you don't mind that I pointed them to your blogspot page. 

Thanks again and happy holiday! -Kevin.

Glad you persevered.  The soak at the end of a winter hike up to Scenic is well-worth it . . . as you well know.

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