Dorothy, Virl and Christine Lakes

11:36 a.m. on August 15, 2012 (EDT)
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At the end of a weekend, I'm always looking for a nice half-day hike to do before the long drive back to town. With mudslides and washouts everywhere, I wanted something I could be sure of that wouldn't be too difficult, but that would have a worthwhile objective.

I did the Dorothy, Virl and Christine Lake hike a few years before, but that time we only made it to the first of the three, Virl Lake. It was unimpressive, but still pretty.

The hike starts at a bridge across the Miette River, originally built to provide horseback access to Elysium Pass. It begins with a steady traverse of about 100 metres elevation gain up the side of the river valley, then tops out and crosses through the forest.


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The next landmark on the trail is Minhaga Creek, marked by a lovely bridge, which provides a nice place to stop.


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At the junction, good signage directs you first to Dorothy Lake, which is about 100 metres higher but only another kilometre or so away.


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Just a short while after that (300 metres?) we got to Christine Lake. This is the gem of the hike,


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with pristine waters, small islands, and even a family of loons swimming around. A nice place to stop, and we took a half-hour break.


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Coincidentally, one of the ladies was named Christine, and she reminded us constantly from then on how much more beautiful Christine was than all the other lakes.


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Back down to the junction and a kilometre or so more to Virl Lake...

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A bit ho-hum after Christine, but still pretty.


We returned to the Minhaga bridge for lunch...


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... and eventually returned to the Miette River Bridge.

Group photo:


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Two nice trips back to back, and now I get to prepare for the next one!

Waterton National Park this weekend ( connect to Glacier Park on the US side), for the Alderson-Carthew Trail. 650 metres up, then 1100 down, over 16 km. Should be a nice day. 

11:53 a.m. on August 15, 2012 (EDT)
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Peter, looks like a really nice scamper through the woods(would be nicer with a 70lb+ pack... just saying.)

As always beautiful scenery. 

10:36 a.m. on August 16, 2012 (EDT)
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70 lbs is just masochism, Rick! :-)  On a backpacking trip, if it doesn't fit into my 55+10 litre pack, it doesn't go.

While I have a couple of backpacking trips coming up (Berg Lake at Mt. Robson, for example) I seem to wind up with a lot more dayhikes, so I try to make them as interesting and challenging as my groups can handle.

Planned trips for next season will include the Chilkoot Pass (the old Klondike route) and hopefully a trip to Britain for the Three Peaks. The Chilkoot will be a 4-5 day backpacking trip, but Ben Nevis, Mt. Snowdon and Scafell Pike are all day hikes. All of those will be with selected companions with good skills, and I won't be limited by the abilities of the weakest member of a larger group.

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