A couple of the trips that I touch on in this post I'll likely do full updates for later, but for now this will serve as a brief recap of my summer so that my readers (.... yeah I know) will be happy.
The first substantial trip I took after returning from the states was a bike trip from Tulameen to Brookmere, and then from Brookmere to Princeton. I'll do a separate post for this later since I took quite a few pictures. Given that I hadn't done to much since my injury, I was quite happy that my knee managed to survive a 100 km bike trip.
The first actual hike I did after getting back was the Lightning Lake Chain Trail. I like to use it as my first hike each year since it isn't too difficult and eases me into shape a little bit. I was pretty surprised that I managed to do the trail in just under 4 hours, which is easily the fastest I've ever done it.
|Frosty Mountain from Lightning Lake|
|At the end of Lightning Lake|
|Remnants of winter just past the Strike Lake Camp|
A few weeks later I went up to Manning Park again with the intention of climbing up the ski hill. On my way up I did the Beaver Pond Trail, the Rein Orchid Trail, and the Canyon Nature Trail. All of those are short hikes (30 minutes or less), but I had a lot of time to kill and had never been on any of them. Beaver Pond and Rein Orchid were pretty pleasant nature trails. The Canyon Trail was way nicer than I expected it to be, and I'd say it's probably one of the nicest short hikes in the park.
|On the Canyon Nature Trail|
|Boardwalk on the Rein Orchid Trail|
After doing the three short hikes I took the Poland Lake Trail to the top of the ski hill. I had much better weather than the last time I did it, and I had a little bit more time to spend on top of the hill. I decided to venture into the operator's cabin since I'd never been in it, and I terrified a very neurotic squirrel who apparently had made it his summer condo.
|The Blue Chair, with Snow Camp, Hozameen, and Lone Goat visible in the background|
|The Operator's Cabin|
A few weeks later I went up to the Alpine Meadows to hike the Heather Trail. I was intending to make it an over night trip, but my knee was feeling a little funny so I decided to make it a day trip. I hiked in about 15 km, so by the end of the day I had done 30 km. I was pretty excited to have done 30 twice this year.
I got busy with a few things so I didn't get a chance to do another hike for about a month. I went up Silverdaisy Mountain with my Dad, and since I haven't talked about that trail yet, I'll do a separate post for it.
I also did the Frosty Mountain hike with my Dad (that's the one hike I try to make sure I do every year). I went up the lightning lake side like normal, but I decided to go down the Windy Joe side since I had never done that before. The initial descent is a little more sketchy in places, but once the trail settles onto the ridge it's pretty easy. Overall I'd say the Windy Joe side is a little less scenic. It's worth doing if you are a Manning Park fanatic like me, but otherwise I don't think it's worth the extra distance. Adding in the section I walked on the highway to get back to the Lightning Lake parking lot, it ended up being another 30 km day. I was really happy do have done 3 in one year, since at one point I thought it was impossible. I did the whole thing in 8.5 hours which might not sound too great, but I'm really not in very good shape.
|Coming down from the summit|
|On the Windy Joe Trail|
Well, that was my summer in a nutshell. I'll probably be too busy with University to do any major hiking until winter or spring, so I won't be putting out any content for a while (not like that is abnormal for me), other than the KVR and Silverdaisy post of course. I have some hiking plans for next spring and summer, so if everything pans out properly, I'll be putting out a lot of posts then.