|A viewpoint near where the Skyline Trail splits into two trails|
From where the trail splits there is a long descent followed by an ascent up Snow Camp Mountain. The trail does not actually go to the summit of the mountain, but there is side trail that does.
|Thunder Lake below Snow Camp|
|Snow Camp Mountain|
|The ridge to the top of the mountain|
|Looking down the mountain|
The side trip up the mountain was fairly easy. It isn't the highest mountain in the park at just 1980 meters, but it still offers some nice panoramic views.
|Lone Goat Mountain from Snow Camp Mountain|
|Flowers next to the food cache|
The creek at the campsite was not exactly cascading down the mountain, but it was pretty much the only water source nearby. I was a little apprehensive at the idea of drinking from it, but I did and fortunately did not get sick.
About 1 km from the camp there is a side trail going up Hozomeen Ridge, so after setting up I hiked part of the way up it. I would have liked to have done the whole trail, but I didn't have enough time.
|Ross Lake from the ridge|
The next day was a lot harder than I was expecting. Somehow, trails always seem steeper on the ascent than on the descent to me, so it caught me off guard just how tough the climb from the campsite to the ridge was. I was pretty tired, so I took more breaks than the day before. I didn't want to take too many breaks though, since it looked like it might start raining (luckily it didn't rain).
I hope to return to this trail sometime and hike the rest of it. I really enjoyed my time on the trail, but I know it would take more than two days to get the full experience.
You can read more about the hike here.