|Pamelia Lake was our hiking target today. To avoid the heat we left at 6:30 AM. The hike wound its way upward following Pamelia Stream. It was a total distance of 4.75 miles round trip. We covered 840 feet in vertical. The forest was wonderfully cool and sheltered by the towering trees. The smell of pine permeated the air as the trail wove about in a steady upward grade. Douglas pine and Western hemlock were abundant. Beautiful vistas of the cascading stream were refreshing. The water flows at a rapid rate as it tumbles over the boulder strewn terrain. It was evident a large spring runoff had toppled nearby trees in several areas. Trillium flowers were abundant as well as rhododendron foliage. Pamelia Lake was peaceful and scenic surrounded by lush green pines and bordered by mountains on all sides. We walked along the south shore to gain a peak at the towering snow covered Mt. Jefferson which rose above the surrounding mountains like a tower of ice. We sat on the lake sore for quite a spell while we contemplated nature. The lake turned from a placid mirror into a light chop within minutes after we arrived. A warm breeze was sweeping down from the adjacent mountains. We spotted two herons and some small ducks. A woodpecker also entertained us as well as some chipmunks and a stellar jay. On the way down we stopped a couple of times to enjoy the cascading stream. The stream is fed mostly by the snow melt of the mountains. We had to obtain a wilderness permit to hike the area since visitation numbers are limited to keep the area pristine-that too made it special. When we finished at the trail head the temp had already climbed into the 80's and into the 90's as we ate our hamburgers at the Korner Post Cafe in Detroit. It was a good day and we finished early.