Waking to unexpected snow was not really my idea of fun. It was well below freezing out, the snow had frozen to our tent and a puddle had formed underneath the tent from our body heat. To add a little more pain, as we started to pack the tent the snow started falling again soaking pretty much everything. Since there was a distinct lack of sun it would end up taking us about two days to fully dry out again.
Starting on the trail felt great since I actually began to warm up and feel my fingers again. The descent into the valley toward Waptus lake was miserable as it changed from rain to snow to hail and back to rain again. It was certainly a relief to be in thicker woods at the bottom of the hill and with little elevation gain left for the day we felt like we finally had a win.
This section of trail is fairly uninteresting but relaxing as it winds through the woods. For those with the legs, or desire to camp here, Waptus lake looked like a nice little spot with multiple camp areas. We continued on, winding our way slowly upward. Reaching deep lake was a relief after a very wet day. Putting on dry clothes and eating some warm food is always good for the soul.