We have had a week of off and on clouds, rain, mist, snow, but finally on our fourth and final day hike in the Lake O’Hara region, Friday weather was dry, sunny, and overall stupendous. As you may recall, only 42 day hikers are allowed into the region each day to keep it pristine and lovely for generations. It is refreshing to be away from the crowds at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake in order to experience the beauty and awesomeness of nature. We are transported up the 11 kilometer (6.48 mile) road by the yellow limousines.
We arrive by bus at the day shelter on the shores of Lake O’Hara.
Earlier in the week, we moved to Kicking Horse campground in Yoho for a couple of nights. We were lucky to receive a campsite right along the rushing Kicking Horse River – what a sound to listen to while falling asleep!
The Kicking Horse campground was originally the campground for the workers who built the spiral tunnels for the trains traveling through the steep Kicking Horse Canyon.
We were lucky to see a long train going through the tunnels. Note the train going in the upper tunnel and the red engine coming out the lower tunnel in the photo below.
We did a hike from Emerald Lake to Emerald Basin. It was a rather unremarkable hike except for the young couple from Boston who requested to join us. They were uncomfortable with the heavy vegetation on the trail including many types of berries – bears love berries! They were a delightful couple (a software engineer and a bio-medical research scientist) and full of energy.
The other enjoyable feature of this trail was the marmots. On many trails we hear the marmots whistling and see them briefly, but once they hear us and before we can photograph them they run back into their holes. These marmots in the basin were smaller but willing to hang around to have their picture taken.
Mid-week we made a 334 mile round trip to Canadian Glacier National Park and Revelstoke National Park further west into British Columbia. We did not have time to do any hikes, but just saw these highlights.
Rogers Pass is in the middle of Glacier Ntl Pk and a high avalanche area. The trains run mostly underground through tunnels, but avalanche sheds are built in many places over the highway to keep Trans Canada #1 open.
The park service and the military partner to use 105mm Howitzers to break up pending avalanches to keep Highway 1 clear in winter.
The town of Revelstoke was very quaint with several blocks of boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, etc. We wish we had more time to explore it.
Mount Revelstoke is in the Columbia Mountains, not as high or dry as the Rockies. There is a rain forest zone and a snow forest zone.
It was an interesting drive over and back through rain, sun, and fog.
We’ve posted on this blog today while listening to the MN Golden Gophers post a football victory! Go Gophers!