We had our snowshoes and all winter gear ready for our planned
snowshoe to Lanham Lake. The only thing that was missing was the
snow. We started to head up Hwy 2 thinking perhaps we'll just hike
the trail but along the way the plan got re-evaluated and we decided
to go for a longer trail.
We started at PCT trailhead on South side of Hwy 2 and hiked up
following the trail all the way to the top of the hillside,
overlooking the nearly snowless ski area.
Once atop we took a short break and then dropped down on the other
side. We found more snow here. Not enough to snowshoe or ski but
plenty to enjoy the sound of it crushing under our feet and
definitely enough to make the area look wintry and peaceful. The
trail led us under power lines, back to the forest, across some
rockslides, and then we finally arrived at the lake.
All together about 7 miles and about 1500 ft elevation gain.