We spent a magical weekend backpacking into Gwillim Lakes. This is truly my favourite West Kootenay hike and an overnighter was the only way to do it justice!
Smoke from the wildfires has settled around the Kootenays, pushing the mountains back into a blue haze. It’s not great conditions for hiking, but we trekked up towards Kokanee Lake anyways.
Returned to Toad Mountain today with the goal of avoiding further sunburn. It was a hot hike in the full sun and we moved slowly along the ridge, packing snow into our hats.
A hot sunny day of hiking on Cornice Ridge! Bear Grass was in full bloom up and down the slopes, along with patches of Beardtongue and Asters.
Trekked up to Old Glory with the Kootenay Mountaineering Club yesterday. Lots of wildflowers out along Unnecessary Ridge and the Seven Summits Trail, and just a few small patches of snow!
Looking out from the summit of Old Glory
Flowers on Old Glory
Along the Seven Summits Trail
It was a big snow year and much of Kokanee Glacier Park is still under snow! Checking the webcam at the cabin is a good indication of how much snow is left, but we decided to trek up to Kokanee Lake anyways and enjoy the views!
Went up to Buchanan Lookout near Kaslo. It’s quite a road with quite the view at the top!
Spent a great day of hiking at Slocan-Evans Creek! It’s hard work for a lakeshore trail but definitely worth the effort!
Went back to Sproule Creek after work one evening for a rainy hike. The water is low right now, leading to some mini waterfalls among the creek bed. The final bridge is still out, but with the low water, it is possible to cross the creek and continue the last 1km to the Mill Site.