We were feeling ambitious. We wanted to make a day hike to Pear Lake. About 2 miles into our hike, snow covered the trail. So, we could not take the planned route by the Watchtower Trail. Instead, we loosely followed the trail blazes mounted on trees along the Hump Route. There was a lot of snow but we felt comfortable because of the many blazes that made it easy to find our way. Unfortunately, the snow slowed us quite a bit so we only made it to Heather Lake which was still covered by snow. Around the edges of the lake, the blue glow of the lake was simply stunning. This was the perfect spot to enjoy the remote quiet and beauty of Sequoia National Park. I understand that this is normally a very popular trail, but we only saw four other hikers.