Emerald Basin, Yoho National Park

3:11 p.m. on July 23, 2012 (EDT)
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I woke up Sunday morning at Whiskey Jack Hostel and stepped out on the porch. the sun was coming up and just topping the mountains and burning away the mist.


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image.jpg Takkakaw Falls, 254 Metres
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The hike that was scheduled for the day was a jaunt up to Emerald Lake and then to the basin below the Emerald Glacier. The trail starts off with an easy walk around the lake. image.jpg It crosses below an established avalanche path but it regrows very quickly.
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At the far end of the lake you come across an alluvial plain braided by streams coming down from the glaciers above....
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image.jpg... interspersed with some lovely damp woods and some slippery steep sections.
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After just a kilometre or two you start breaking out of the treeline and entering the basin.
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Emerald Glacier above, and streams flowing down from every direction to fill up a small river.
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image.jpg Started back down and took one last look back.
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Into the forest again...
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Back down to the delta, then a short walk back along the other side of the lake. Because the path there is sheltered by the mountains from direct sunlight for much of the day, there is a wet microclimate on that side with a real rainforest ecology.
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Back around the lake,
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So what did YOU do on Sunday?


11:57 a.m. on July 24, 2012 (EDT)
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Thanks for sharing some great country.  I was up there once and really enjoyed it although it was cold and wet even in July.

Sunday we spent dodging 17 lightnening caused fires in the Pine Nut Range behind the house here in Nevada.  We finally got some rain and are in good shape.  Last night on the way home from dinner out to celebrate we had to drive through some flash floods of mud and tree branches.

12:06 p.m. on July 24, 2012 (EDT)
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When it rains in the mountains, it's always cold. On Sunday, we had nice weather, but our weekend started off a lot worse. See TR for Twin Falls hike.

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