Jasper in June (Part 6) – Pyramid Bench Hike

I know my regular readers have seen posts from me on this hike before. This hike in early June was interesting, with all the new greenery and the running water on the hillside and trails, from the spring melt.

Opting to do “greener” hiking, we left our car parked and walked the 3.1 kilometers to the trailhead.

this canoe selfie could make a real splash
Patricia Lake from Pyramid Lake Road

When we reached the end of Patricia Lake, we popped onto the trail that parallells the road. There were very few cars around, but if you are hiking in the mountains, why would you want to walk on the road?

These trails were dry and in good condition.

on the trail

We came out of the woods at Pyramid Lake Resort to have a look at the lake

Pyramid Mountain had its shine on
I love it when somebody leaves photo props just lying around

Back on the path, we walked to the trailhead, just past the Pyramid Island parking lot. Outhouses were open, a good thing when hiking so soon after morning coffee. There were two vehicles in the parking lot with pretty serious bike racks on them, so we knew we might have some company.

you have been warned – physical distancing can be beneficial
there are a number of trails that head out from this trailhead

Looking quickly at the trail, we almost opted out of the hike, as there was running water and mud in places, but we had our waterproof hikers on and hiking poles and we had the time, so we headed on up trail 2B.

we paused at the Red Chair viewpoint for a really bad “old folks” selfie

The trails got wetter. but we soon reached the junction trail to Katrine Lake.

Just beyond the junction, we could hear bear bells and a group of 4 cyclists soon rolled past.

with no fenders, going like a streak can take on a new meaning on muddy trails

Up at the Overlook point, we paused to take in the views. Even on this cloudy day, the views were spectacular, especially with the young green leaves everywhere.

We knew we would have a long hike back, so opted to retrace our steps from this point, rather than continue on to Katrine Lake. The first photo below is the damage that the Mountain Pine Beetle does to the Lodgepole and Ponderosa Pines. A sad part of global warming, but forest renewal is already happening.

On the way back to our cabin, we paused for a bit of play and I took these interesting shots.

boaters on Pyramid Lake near the bridge to Pyramid Island
bright green deciduous leaves bring colour to the red and grey pine trees dying due to Mountain Pine Beetle
Patricia by the lake named after her
sign mimic
did you know that Britain and Canada worked on an aircraft carrier made out of straw and ice during the 2nd world war? The remnants of a scale model still reside in Patricia Lake
this bench is in the splash zone
just above the high water mark

Our hike this day was just over 14 km in 3 1/2 hours, with an altitude gain of 124.8 m (409 feet). We were off to a good start. Three more days and three more hikes to come.

17 thoughts on “Jasper in June (Part 6) – Pyramid Bench Hike

    1. Hi CarMac. Yes, it is a special place. Pyramid Mountain appears so different in different light. Sometimes moody with clouds, others shining bright in the morning sun. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Allan

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    1. Thanks Lori. It was a grey day, but sometimes the flat light makes for spectacular photos (especially on a trail that is more like a stream. We have hiked the bench many times and it never ceases to amaze, even in winter. Stay well and thanks for reading. Allan

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  1. We stayed at Pyramid Lake cabins a kazillion years ago for our honeymoon (back when it was literally little cabins not like it is today). Love the lake and we did a few hikes back then but it’s dubious if I would remember the names of them.

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    1. Yes, I remember when Pyramid Lake was cabins, but they went upscale. Very affordable to stay there in late fall. Will be watching the deals in Sept/Oct this year. The hikes are everywhere in this area on Trail 2 and 15. Thanks for reading and commenting Bernie. Allan

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      1. Worth it for your 40th, for sure, but, I hear you on the long drive. At our age, getting there is still half the fun, but only if you take breaks. Allan

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      2. Problem is — married to the got who doesn’t take breaks. Plus the more I get out of the vehicle the less I want to get back in. At least this time we won’t be doing it with a 2 year old in tow!

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  2. The lake is beautiful and the scenery is nothing short of magical, Allan! And, by the way, that’s a very lovely selfie! It must be amazing to go for a boat ride and seeing surroundings peaks from a different perspective; although I’m not that good with rowing. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

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    1. It is a magical place, to be sure. I have been on Pyramid Lake, both in a paddle boat and in a kayak. It is otherworldly, especially on a calm day. We are not good a rowing, either, but, we do not mind going in circles in beautiful scenery. Stay well and thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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