Adventure: Snowbank Trail

My wife and I spent the 4th of July weekend up in Ely, MN with her parents. Our friends b+k came along, so the four of us decided to go hiking. We set off on the Snowbank Trail, not really knowing what to expect. We had asked around to see what people knew about it, but nobody really had much info – including Mel’s parents, whose outfitting business keeps them pretty up-to-date on things like this. The trail was a little spotty – obviously not very well used… Here’s what the trail looked like most of the way – passable but narrow:
The trail wraps around Snowbank Lake and meets up with the Kekekabic Trail somewhere along the way, but we didn’t make it that far. Here’s Snowbank Lake:
Some more shots of the group:

Then we stopped for lunch, which included some jerky:
Then we took a minute to dangle our toes in the lake:
And I fell asleep on a rock using my shoe as a pillow:

Total, we probably only hiked about 4 miles because the trail was pretty slow-going, but we had a lot of fun doing it.

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