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Once you reach Berg Lake, there are a number of choices available for hiking. Difficulty ranges from multi-day backpack trips across the passes from British Columbia into Jasper National Park in Alberta to easy walks of just a few hours.
We'd hiked into Berg Lake the day before, and we were looking for some easier walks that wouldn't involve carrying 40 lb backpacks! We'd been looking at a few local 'attractions', trails with scenic destinations, and had picked out one loop that looked promising.
After just a short climb, we started getting nice views of something called the Tobaggan Falls, a series of waterfalls and rapids running down a rock slab, but which,while covering a lot of distance, seemed to be unable to decided whether it wanted to be a creek or a waterfall.
The trail turns away from the creek, and we soon came to a junction. Nice spot for a rest, and we got a few photos. Elevation gain to here about 300 metres.
Our second destination was Hargreaves Glacier and Hargreaves Lake. The alluvial delta we'd crossed coming up comes down from Hargreaves and has created Berg Lake by blocking its outflow, so we were curious to see the source. That meant a steady walk southwest through the top edge of the treeline.
If you've ever met a porcupine, you'll know they aren't very fast. I had no inclination to pass him (and there wasn't a lot of room), but he seemed to prefer waddling away down the path in front of us. We tried making noises so he'd head off into the forest, but all that did was make him waddle a bit faster.
Kind of like being stuck behind farm equipment on a busy highway, all we could do is sit back and enjoy the scenery. It was nice, but it was a slow walk.
As we neared the moraines guarding Hargreaves glacier, the porcupine decided the bush was more pleasant than being followed by a bunch of hikers and we were finally able to get by.
and were greeted with these spectacular views:
A nice spot to stop for lunch, and we paused for half-an-hour before heading back down to return to the lake.
Then an easy walk beside the lake back to the campsite. Same great views but from a different level.
So what do you do when you've finished your planned hikes and it's only 3:00 in the afternoon? Do another one, of course!
From the Berg lake campsite, it's only 4 km to Robson Glacier. We'd been looking at Mist and Berg Glaciers, both of which come down off the slopes of Mt Robson, but the real Robson Glacier was tucked in behind on the other side of the mountain.
First a walk across the alluvial plain at the head of the lake...
And back down. Almost as much to see coming back as going up!
When we woke up the net morning, it was to steady rain (again!) and the battery in my camera was almost done. I grabbed these last two photos...