While summer has departed for another year, shoulder season is upon us so my hiking series will continue! Though I doubt I’ll be getting out to the mountains as often as I did over the summer, I fully intend to do a few hikes during the fall, and then bust out my snowshoes when winter rears its not-traditionally-attractive head.
As far as purely recreational outings go, my shoulder season began earlier this week with a trip up to Rummel Lake, and I’ve gotta say I had a very good time out there.
The trailhead is immediately opposite the turn-off to the Mount Engadine Lodge on the Smith-Dorien Trail, so in all likelihood you’ll wind up parking just off the road nearby. The trail itself is very well defined so once you’re on it you shouldn’t have any issues finding your way along.
Eventually the trail will come to a fork, with signs indicating the hiking trail continues to your right, while a cross-country skiing route crosses a little bridge to your left. Either way will get you to the lake, but I would highly recommend taking the walking path instead of the skiing trail. The hiking route follows the creek much more, which is always nice, and will bring you a lovely little waterfall, pictured below:
The lake itself is fantastic and the view of the mountains behind it is really quite something, particularly with the fog rolling in as it was when I was there.
While I imagine the trail would be significantly busier on a nice summer day, as far as easy and relaxing hikes go, you really can’t go wrong with Rummel Lake
As an aside, it’s always kind of fun doing hikes when there’s snow on the ground and a single person has broken the trail ahead of you. Unless they’re some sort of route-finding guru, they tend to to backtrack a few times, and imagining them in that moment always gets me chuckling (not in a malicious way, I think its hilarious when I finally realize or admit to myself I’m heading in the wrong direction). Gotta enjoy the little things.