Being flexible was coming into play as we discussed what our destination would be each day. With trails being closed due to bears or fires, we searched for alternate ideas that would be just as pretty and the distance and elevation gain in line with what we wanted for the day. It had been ages since I visited Burstall Pass and I had been wanting to venture up into that area again so that became our objective for today. We were early at the parking lot and right away a couple came to give us a heads up that a grizzly was on the trail yesterday. I wondered did that Chester Lake bear cross the road or was this another grizzly. We geared up and aimed for the trail.
fresh bear scat
We worked our way through the alluvial fan.
The wild flowers were glorious. Meadows were carpeted with them.
our wild flower collection
We arrived at Burstall Pass and it looked stellar. I forgot how beautiful it was up here. We crossed over from Peter Lougheed Provincial Park into Banff National Park and then went off trail to reach a higher point for our lunch time visit. The higher we went the more windy and colder it became. We bundled up.....
.....and captured our summit shots.
We picked a spot down slope a bit to stretch out, relax and dine.
Our lunch time view was prime.
The opportunities up here to explore are grand so we took advantage of that. We could see Leman Lake far below. We did meet up with backpackers who were heading there for the night. We watched others summit Snow Peak.
We reached another high point and thought it worthy of a summit shot.
seeing mountains through the flower bouquet
We explored the north and my friends went off to explore the south end.
We were three today and wish our friend could have joined us. We had many pictures to share with her along with our stories. We were quicker with our trek back to the alluvial fan but slower crossing back over it, as I expected the water was running higher and wider. We made it back to the parking lot, geared down, snacked then hit the 742 to 40 to 1 and back home again. I thought about how fortunte we have been to have the weather we were having and for there to be no smoke considering the number of fires and size of them that are not all that far away. I have been a little extra thankful these days!