Earlier this week we hiked up to Silver Lake, high above Bridal Veil Falls. The elevation gain is almost 1700 feet in 1.5 miles. I mostly just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. We parked near the house at the top of Bridal Veil Falls, and walked about 10 minutes to get to the trailhead, an obvious clearing on the right after crossing Bridal Veil Creek.
I have never been able to find detailed pictures of the trail on the internet, but I had read descriptions that some short sections were "extreme." We did find this to be true.
Looking down at Black Bear Pass and the Black Bear Mine, I noticed a truck on the trail.
In another cleared spot we were looking down again at Black Bear Pass, and the house/power plant at the top of Bridal Veil Falls.
After what felt like a long 1.5 miles, we finally reached Silver Lake at 11,788 feet. The rumors about the trout in this lake are true. We saw several huge ones swimming around.
I had my camera out to take more photos of the trail on the way down. There were a few steep loose dirt areas, steep enough that Jay, Garrett and I all slipped and fell. Thankfully no injuries.
That's Garrett looking down at the trail that leads to Blue Lake.
Some spots were steep, rocky and through the brush.
Even though Garrett didn't use hiking poles, Jay and I were glad we had ours.
Bridal Veil Creek, above the falls.
We did it!