On 11 January 2017, Zosia Zgolak and I made
an aborted attempt to hike up Mount Pilchuck east of Everett, Washington.
The access road was closed well short of the trailhead, and although we
started hiking up the road, we eventually conceded that Mount PIlchuck
was much too far to walk as a day trip from where we started.
Instead, we returned to my car and settled for a shorter hike to Heather
Lake which is situated in a bowl just northeast of Mount Pilchuck.
Although much of the trail was snow-covered, there had been enough recent
traffic here to allow us to hike all the way to the lake without the need
for snowshoes. Sitting in the shadow of Mount Pilchuck, the
snow-covered lake was too frigid for us to linger, and we promptly
retraced our steps back to the trailhead. Heather Lake was a nice
"Plan B" for the day, but I hope to return with Zosia in the near future
to take another shot at ascending Mount Pilchuck.