The forecast is for March to go out like a lamb and that means to me to just get out there and go. So off we went, to Lake Minniwanka with intentions to aim for LM8 Aylmer Pass Junction Campground where we could lounge around on the beach basking in the sunshine. We made it to LM8 and then we made it to LM9 and then we made it half a click beyond LM9. It looked inviting and tempting to carry on even further but we played it smart and did not give in to the temptation. Everything about today was easily lovable!
This was a very very quiet place this morning with only three other vehicles in the parking lot when we arrived shortly before 9:30am. Right from the start the views were exactly as I like them. Minniwanka Lake was still snow covered yet as can be expected in this area at this time of year, that's about the only place where there was snow.
Once up and out of Stewart Canyon the trail was snow free & ice free & dry.
The sun blazes down on this open slope.
We arrived at the Aylmer Pass Junction and eyed Aylmer Lookout.
I wondered would people be heading up there today.
We followed the snow free trail through the LM8 Aylmer Pass Junction Campground.
ready for back country campers
This is it, LM9.
We went up to the campground and walked around checking out the set-up.
It appeared campers had been here recently.
There was so much to enjoy about today that we prolonged the return a little longer and carried on along the shore a half kilometer beyond LM9. We embraced this whole stretch and savoured every second.
We had a wide open vista behind us up towards Aylmer Lookout and into the Pass.
view from the bridge over Stewart Canyon
This was our track for today. We covered 21.1 kms with 418 meters of cumulative gain.