The stars were aligning nicely weather-wise for a hike today out to Citadel Pass. There were positive points that were making this an ideal place to venture to on a mid summer's Sunday. There was no doubt I would get a parking spot without having to leave the city at an inhumane time. There would be many others along this trail for safety reasons but not near the hoards there would be at other places. It's a healthy use of $40.00 for an adult Albertan to ride the Gondola up to Sunshine Village. I knew the views and the experience for this hike would be amazing!
that's my gondola
Citadel Pass 7.8 kms from here and that is where I am going!
Rock Isle Lake to my right
So, when I purchased my ticket they told me about the bear activity over the past two days at Sunshine Meadows in the Twin Cairns area. Two grizzlies were fighting over the territory. Twin cairns was off in the other direction. Well, not long after passing the view to Rock Isle Lake I came upon these two diggings. They were recent, as in this seasons collection, as in this months collection, as in the past few days. With hikers in front of me and backpackers behind me I still kept a close watch of my surroundings.
paintbrushes were pretty and plentiful
I made it up to Quartz Ridge.
Mount Assiniboine visible to the very top tip
Howard Douglas Lake with a full reflection
Mount Assiniboine between the trees
I reached the wide open meadow which is my favourite area along this route.
Fatigue Mountain covered in new snow
Citadel Lake at the base of Citadel Peak
I made it to Citadel Pass.
destination shot at Citadel Pass
Her babies were running all over the place. I spotted five.
They would not stay still long enough to capture a clear photo.
This was the best I could get.
The meadows were full of paintbrushes.
This means it is summer in the meadows.
Yet the mountain peaks were covered with a fresh layer of snow.
view along the trail on the way back
The same Howard Douglas Lake with a whole new afternoon look!
I was back to the wide open space to where I knew the end would soon be in sight. It was just as pretty as it was in the morning. I took a few last photos and then quickened my pace on the easy flat section and also on the last down hill part. I was ready to sit down at the Village have a last snack then hop of board the gondola.
Yes the stars aligned in every which way they possibly could today.
I was thankful for that and happy there were no grizzly encounters.
This hike is not the most difficult but it is one of the most beautiful.
Once again at day's end I felt fulfilled & grateful!
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