On February 12, 2011 Mike and Donna hiked 5.6 miles (RT) to Lonesome Lake via the Basin Cascade and Cascade Brook Trails. We began at 11 am with a temperature of 11 degrees. The well packed trail crossed the Cascade Brook (which is the drainage for Lonesome Lake) several times.
We had lunch at the AMC hut, where it was standing room only because of a boy scout troop spending the night at the lodge. We bundled up and ventured across the snow covered, frozen lake.
By the time we reached the north shore of Lonesome Lake the snow and wind intensified. Upon returning to the opposite shore we were fully involved in a snowstorm which obscured the views to the Cannonballs.
We returned to the trailhead by 4 pm after talking to several people along the way.
Our hike in pictures: