A Week in the Rockies, Day 5, Glacier Lake

5:28 p.m. on April 19, 2012 (EDT)
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Just a nice dayhike, not much elevation gain (220 m each way?) over 18 km round trip. I like Glacier Lake; one person referred to it as our own private Lake Louise, without the crowds.

Left Mosquito Creek Hostel fairly early, met at the TH at around 9:00, and headed out. The trail crosses the North Saskatchewan about a km from the TH t310842.jpg and maybe a km later brings you to a spectacular outlook over the Howse River.t310841.jpg It follows the Howse for another km or so, then climbs gradually up beside a creek to cross over a ridge, before dropping quickly down the far side. There are a number of bridges to cross on the way up, and most are in good shape. t310844.jpg t310845.jpg A few weathered signs, t310846.jpg and an interesting trail marker carved into a tree by the 1928 geotopical survey that passed through. t310859.jpg

The lake itself is a picture-perfect glacial lake, with views from the campsite all the way up to Lyall Glacier. The weather changes so very quickly; one moment the lake would be under overcast skies, then the next under bright sunshine. One consistent element, though was the cold - a steady wind drops down from the icefields and we layered up pretty quickly. t310848.jpg t310849.jpg t310850.jpg t310851.jpg t310852.jpg t310853.jpg With a cold wind blowing and another 9 km to go, we only stayed around for a lunch break, then headed back. Same route, with the steeper section now at the start of the hike. t310854.jpg t310855.jpg t310856.jpg t310857.jpg t310858.jpg Back down the other side, and a nice little walk back to the parking lot.

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