In this day and age the only realistic & sensible way to hike any route leading from Moraine Lake is to arrive at the trail head via the Parks provided free yellow school bus shuttle service from the Lake Louise Overflow Campground & Parking Lot. Today that method to madness worked like a charm for us and we got to enjoy everything that is charming around Moraine Lake, Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass. We came with big hearts today because we hoped there would be loads to love!
I left home at 5:30am, we left carpool at 6:05am, arrived at the Overflow Parking Lot at 7:40am, we boarded the yellow school bus at 7:55am, we departed at 8:00am, arrived at the Moraine Lake Parking Lot at 8:20am or so and began hiking at 8:32am. First things first and that was to invest a few minutes capturing the reflection that some of the Ten Peaks were showing off in Moraine Lake.
The reason for choosing to hike through Larch Valley at this exact time of year is to witness the larch trees presenting themselves at their absolute best. Today they were pure perfection! The weather was perfection too!
We arrived at Larch Valley and we were in awe of the spectacle.
I was already thinking "What more could we ask for?"
Taking time to breathe!
Our progress along the trail was very slow, very very slow. The opportunities for amazing photographs were boundless. What a photographer's dream! Feeling the warmth from the sun made it even easier to just stop and just stand and just stare. I was loving everything so far and we still had lots of ground to cover.
golden larch trees become one with snow capped peaks
The couple of inches of snow covering the ground magnified the beauty of the trees. It made the tarn stand out and the reflections in it captivating. We spent quite some time in this valley before carrying on. We chatted with two gentlemen who were gearing up to make their way up Mount Temple. It was 11:00am at this point in time and I just hoped in my heart they would be OK.
We arrived at Sentinel Pass. We found an area all to our selves were we could comfortably lay out our gear, move around, capture all of our photos and then settle down to dine. This is the view down to Paradise Valley.
This is the view down to Larch Valley, Minnestimma Lake and across to the Valley of Ten Peaks.
I have numerous photos from up here to share.
This is the first of me where I am standing guard over the Sentinel.
Paradise Valley is behind and below me.
happy to be here and feeling so much love for this place today
perched out as far as my comfort level would let me go
view of Pinnacle Mountain from Sentinel Pass
just doing what we do
then I needed to do it all by myself
We meandered through the meadow and through the larch trees.
I was still full of love so dispersed a touch more amongst the larches.
They are so soft to the touch.
into the forest we go
Today was an incredible experience. When you go to the mountain playground you go with hopes of receiving the best of everything yet willing to accept whatever you are handed and finding a way to make the most of it. There was no resorting to willing to accept today, there was no having to make the most of something.
We were presented with the best of everything today!
We embraced it with wide open hearts and love!
Thank you for this gift!
Spectacular, magnificent, sensational, wondrous ................ReplyDelete
....and of course Helen, I thought of you! Especially when we stood out on the rocks in the tarn!Delete