This hike was the one responsible for teaching me that I am actually capable of hiking.
I saw a photo of Hidden Lake in North Cascades National Park online and was determined to go and see it in person. In the photos I had seen the lake was sapphire colored and nestled in the surrounding mountains. We planned for the hike, a little intimidated by the length of the hike and decided that we'd be able to tackle it!
Then came the day of the hike, and I remember thinking pretty early on how insane it was that there were people hiking so far above us. Little did I know that they were on the same trail, just further ahead of us. There was also snow. So much snow! But it was melting, so we were able to trek through it in our hiking boots. You'd think that the snow would have tipped me off that the lake would still be frozen, but I clung to the hope that when I saw it I'd be looking down on the jewel colored pool surrounded by mountains.
When I did finally climb far enough up that I was able to look over the peak at the lake I ended up swearing at it for a bit. It had been an intense hike and I knew that one day I'd be back to hike it again, to see it when it is melted.
So if you hike to Hidden Lake, know that July 2nd is probably not late enough in the season for the lake to have melted.