Chatting with fellow campers the night before, we had been told that the trail from Porcupine to Og Lake was fairly easy, but there were some rocky parts.
Couple this with a story my friend’s son M told us about how when he was 8, he specifically recalls being told that there would be ice cream at the end of the hike. When they got to the turn around point, he was not happy to find that not only was there no ice cream but, that they still had to hike back the way they came to get to the car. Friend M recalls it differently, saying they would go for ice cream once they got back from their hike.
Join the two together and you can see where my title came from. We kept looking for ice cream, but, just found rocks.
When we reached the trail sign this morning, we realized we had mixed up our long and short hike days. The first day was the long hike and today was the short hike, only about 9 k.
We were also told that just a short 5 k from Og Lake was the Assiniboine Lodge and that if we got there at 4 PM, they had a Happy Hour with $7.50 beers. We felt this was doable….at the time….before we hit the trail.
We knew we would have about 100+ m to climb up out of the campground until we hit the trail to Og. It turned out to be 140 m or about 459 feet. Much as we hated the downhill yesterday, the uphill was fairly strenuous. We warmed up in a hurry, stripping off rain pants and jackets, rolling up sleeves and taking off hats.
Rests were frequent and …
…the rocky parts started pretty early on. Rocks on the trail, rocks by the trail, rocks everywhere.
We heard a lot of birds, Pikas, gophers and squirrel, but did not see much wildlife. There was a deer in the brush that I could not get a photo of and this cute hare, munching away.
There were mountain tarns, mountain views and steep uphill and downhill trail sections.
We took a break part way up, where son L decided to do a bit of rock climbing for the view.
100 feet further up the trail, we hit the trail marker where the paths joined. Only 5.5 k. to Og We could almost taste that beer.
And the uphill climb went on some more. We took another break at the top.
Setting off again, the rocks continued and the uphills and the downhills. The day was cooler, so the hike was not unpleasant.
We passed alpine meadows, scree slopes, rough worn peaks and finally caught our first view of Og Lake and 3,618m (11,870 foot) Mount Assiniboine, often known as the Matterhorn of the Rockies.
We also noted that clouds were building at the end of the valley. It was almost 1:30 and nearing lunch. We knew that cooking meals would bring rain.