Well, it will still be ski season here for a long time, but it's not too early to start thinking about the coming summer's hikes.
Here are some shots from one we do now and then. The usual trail-in is a scenic, easy hike into fairly high elevation, with a fair bit of elevation having been burned up in the drive, and is consequently, a popular hike... but it is possible to escape excessive human contact (that is, the possibility of anyone else in sight ;)) by continuing on and up beyond the usual destinations.
1, 2, 3) After about 300m(?) elevation gain, the trail opens up for views of Bow Lake and Crowfoot Glacier, and in the other direction, Mount Hector, Hector Glacier and Little Hector.4, 5) Along the trail, Gentiana amarella and Agoseris glauca.6) Approaching the top, the first view of Gog Quartzite, always interesting to see in this predominantly limestone outcrop area.7) And rounding the corner, the first view of the Dolomites.8 ) Cones on kruppelholz (environmentally-dwarfed) alpine fir, Abies lasiocarpa9, 10) Flowery meadows
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