So I did do more than just glare at people in their high back chairs on the Fourth of July. We also did an amazing hike earlier in the day on the Five Lakes trail.
This hike is on a mountain that sits right between Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley ski resorts. It was REALLY cool to see the place we spent all winter, in the summer.
The best part was at the top of the trail (about 3 miles) were five beautiful lakes. We brought our swimsuits and took a dip in one of the lakes to cool off. Then sat on a rock while we dried off next to a huge pile of snow. Snow on the ground in 80 degrees weather = awesome.
I took the photo below of Alpine Meadows ski resort on our hike down. There is quite a bit of snow in the top right corner – I believe Alpine Bowl is in the middle and the corner of Wolverine Bowl is all the way to the right.
The next photo is one of the the most interesting. There are a series of chair lift towers running up this mountain with no cables connecting them. This is actually something that we noticed from a distance last season while skiing at Alpine Meadows and we referred to it as the “creepy abandoned lift towers”.
To our delight, the Five Lakes hike took us right by these towers and we got to check them out up close. They look very new and later a quick online search provided some background on to why they are there: Troy Caldwell’s dream of an Alpine-to-Squaw route lives on at his White Wolf Mountain.
As an Alpine Meadows season pass holder, it would be pretty exciting if the two resorts were one day connected. But I guess that’s probably why the Squaw crowd doesn’t seem so into it…