There are always the obvious reasons for being "out & about" in our mountain playground just out my back door and to the west. Today though there was another mission which I wanted to accomplish and I could only be successful with that if I reached the summit of Piper Pass. This retrieval mission had worked its way to the forefront of my mind and I wanted to get the job done. I knew we would have glorious colours up in the Piper Meadows at this time of year, the weather forecast said supreme, so it was go time. A friend was on board to share the adventure with me.
For the second time this week, I was at the Elbow Lake Trail Head to start hiking and ascended up to Elbow Lake. The Lake had a different look this morning. Backcountry campers had a fire going at the same time the sun was coming up and peeking through the trees.
We made a quick trip of getting around Elbow Lake and along the Big Elbow Trail in favour of reaching our turn off sooner rather than later. We arrived at the cairn and veered left down slope to rock hop across the Elbow Creek. We worked our way through the forest gradually ascending to the wide open meadows between Elpoca and Tombstone Mountains.
We took a short break at this big boulder before beginning the final climb.
You can see how big it is when you look closely and see how little I am in front of it.
my friend leading the way
We reached the summit and took care of capturing our photos first.
Happy & High
This stone has a story!
After all that summit business was taken care off, we hiked up slope a bit to settle down to dine. This was my lunch time view. The summit cairn is that tiny pile of rocks in the middle bottom. While we were dining the group of people we saw earlier reached The Pass. We chatted for awhile and found out then they were from Outward Bound.
my friend descending from Piper Pass
We were back down on firm terra cotta.
While ascending we spotted a tarn which I called Piper Tarn.
It was now time to head over and check it out.
We ditched our packs and hung out here for quite some time.
After playtime, we continued on with our day meandering along on the beautiful Piper Meadow.
We were methodically slow all along here.
The scenery was so beautiful and the colors were amazing.
We arrived back at the forest section and made it our business of getting through that quickly.
Then we had the open vistas again.
Now we just needed to cross Piper Creek and get back onto the Big Elbow Trail.
I accidentally slipped into the Creek with the water coming over my boot top and filling my boot.
It was squish squash for a little while.
We took one last snack break and then it was time to move on down the trail.
The view back as we motored along.
Today turned out being more than I hoped for or expected. I am so happy to have my summit stone back. When I admire it as it sits in the rockery it will remind me of today and many other days reaching other summits out there in our mountain playground. The stone is worn and weathered. I will now spray it with a sealant to secure this beautiful look.
Thank you for today