On Sunday the 17th of July we left the hostel for an easy walk up RibbonCreek. Elevation gain per my altimeter 535m over 7.5 km each way.
The hike starts with a walk up an old road that follows the creek. Within a kilometer or so, it gradually turns into more of a hiking trail although it's still accessable by bike. At about 4 km, there is a rack to lock up bikes, and the trail is a bit more interesting. Waterfalls, and nice views of the mountains that ring the valley, and lots of good places to stop for a break. After a while it opens up as it rises, and eventually you reach the Ribbon Falls campground, then Ribbon Falls at 350 m elevation. The trail climbs from there steeply up through the forest then pops out and traverses up to the chains to Ribbon Lake.
One problem with leading a group hike is always deciding where you are supposed to be. Do I get to go with the more advanced people up the chains, since they're the ones who are taking the biggest risk, or do I have to stay with the larger group of less advanced people, since they are presumably the ones most likely to need care? This time, I decided I had to stay back with the three slower people, so I missed the final leg.
Still, nice views and good company. Lunch, then back down again, an easy walk back to the hostel. More pics: