Take Off – Sunshine Meadows to Howard Douglas Lake – Back Country Hike – July 2019 – Part 4

Did I mention that by taking the Standish chair up to the meadows, we gained about (305 m) 1,000 feet of altitude. What we also did was add about 1.5 k (.9 miles) to our day’s hike. More on this later.

Leaving our wives and mothers to roam the meadows, we set off down the trail to the Assiniboine Mountain Trail, adjusting our packs, checking signs and maps and setting a reasonable pace for the mostly downhill hike to Howard Douglas campground.

Give me a sign
Back country GPS
Almost to our trail.
You are Here. Why are you here?

Assured we were on the right trail, we tramped ever onward, across streams…

…past places where Grizzly bears had been digging…

…and past some stellar views. The day was warmer than expected, but we were not complaining. At least, it was not raining….yet!

A little further on, we crossed a bit of snow residue, tinted pink by bacteria. I had first seen this phenomena on Whistler in B.C. We have all heard the admonition “Don’t eat yellow snow.” What about pink snow?

We soon came upon the view of Howard Douglas Lake and began our hike down for a brief rest and a bit of water prep.

Howard Douglas Lake
The Rockies in all their splendour.
All trails lead to Howard Douglas. We had not expected to be walking in trenches part of the time.
Howard Douglas at last. 6 kilometers in and we thought only another 4 to go. More on this later.

9 thoughts on “Take Off – Sunshine Meadows to Howard Douglas Lake – Back Country Hike – July 2019 – Part 4

  1. For some reason – I had envisioned you swathing your way through the forest. Nice to see that you were on a marked trail. I’m looking forward to the next few days

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  2. Driving through the mountains is beautiful, but walking among them is more than amazing. This hike was an experience of a lifetime. Thanks for reading and commenting, Lael. Allan


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