The road that goes up to the alpine meadows has a nice viewing area where you can see some of the main features of the park.
|Lightning Lake and the Skyline Ridge from the Cascade Lookout|
From Buckhorn Campsite, one of the harder parts of the trail begins, as the trail climbs up Bonnevier Ridge. I take lots of pictures of flowers on the way up, since it's an excuse to take a break.
I'm always incredibly relieved when I reach the top of the ridge. The views are very nice, and it is a while before there is any more strenuous hiking.
|On Bonnevier Ridge|
At this point, you start getting some great views of First Brother Mountain. As it gets closer and closer the climb might seem more and more daunting, but it is worth exerting the effort required to get to the top.
As the trail approaches the base of First Brother Mountain, there are some interesting seasonal ponds scattered around if you pay attention. On one of the more recent hikes I did on this trail, I found a very bizarre looking pond with some semi-melted snow floating in it (and this was in August).
It doesn't take to long to get to the junction where the side trail that goes up the mountain splits off. It is reasonably short at just 1 km, and is probably the most scenic area in the Heather Trail area. There are lots of places where you can leave your pack, and if you are backpacking, I would recommend not carrying your pack up the mountain.
|The climb up the mountain|
Once the trail is on the ridge of the mountain, it follows the ridge to the high point. This part would be very scary if you had a fear of heights, but you do get a payoff of spectacular views in the end.
The summit of First Brother Mountain isn't as buggy as some of the other mountains in the park (it might be the wind), and the area is large enough to accommodate the high numbers of people that hike the trail.
The only real downside I've found to the Heather Trail is that it gets incredibly busy, but it is still one of my favourite hikes.
You can read more about the hike here.