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.
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.