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Wells Gray Park – East Trophy Ridge

It’s been a while since I did a “trip report” so this week, I thought I’d share one of the hikes we did last August in Wells Gray Provincial Park, BC.

Wells Gray has become one of our favourite places to go for a long 4-5 day weekend.  The first time we went several years ago, we had a friend who had a house there she wasn’t using and she let us stay in it.  After that trip, we were hooked on this park and area. There’s so much to see and explore, especially if you like waterfalls, which we do, and lots of opportunities to hike into the alpine so we couldn’t wait to return.

If you do decide to visit this park, be sure to stop in at the visitor’s centre right off the highway and pick up a copy of Roland Neave’s book, Exploring Wells Gray Park.  It’s the best guide to the area.  We got a copy of the 5th edition the first time we were there and were so impressed with it that when we went this past summer, we were happy to scoop up the newer 6th edition.  And you can get it before you go, online!

This post I’m just going to focus on one hike that we did, the hike up the East Ridge of Trophy Mt.  Trophy Mt is one of the major mountains in the park and you can come at it from various directions.  Last time we headed onto its West slopes via Sheila lake so this time we wanted to try the other side.

We were not disappointed!  It’s a great hike and you are rewarded with many great panoramic vistas once you actually get into the alpine, which only takes about 90 minutes or so.  On the way up from the trail head, we were rewarded with lovely meadows that still had lots of flowers and stunning views of Raft Mt to the South, another peak we’d like to explore next time we go.

The first part of the trail takes you through some lovely forest with a couple of great scraggly trees.  Here’s one I really liked.

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And a bit of wildlife on the way up.  A butterfly perched on an aster.

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Butterfly and flies perched on aster

As I mentioned, you pass through some lovely meadows before the views of Raft Mt start to come into play.

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As you gain elevation, you begin to get views of Raft behind you so don’t forget to turn around and look because the light will definitely change on the way down and you don’t want to miss the changes.

A few pics of Raft Mt on the way up into the alpine.

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The Raft Mt complex

 

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stitched pano from another viewpoint

 

And then you enter the alpine and things start opening up.

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a less than perfect pano stitch but you get the idea!

Now we’re really getting into the alpine and things open up with lots of territory to explore.  You come to a cabin and from there you can go several ways.  We stayed East, wandered up that ridge and eventually came to a lovey viewpoint where we had lunch and just chilled out on the rocks enjoying the views for a while.

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J’s a happy hiker 🙂

Our high point and lunch spot.

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My (Scrambler’s) signature mountain “selfie”.  I always photo my hat at the highest point I reach on a hike, especially if there’s a view.

A bit of a closeup of the what you see past the selfie hat.

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See what I mean about so much to explore!

I thought about heading up that bump foreground left but we decided we’d had enough elevation gain for the day and after lunch headed back down.  Did a bit of loop to get back to the cabin and then headed back down to the car.

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Black and white of meadows and Raft Mt on the way back down. 

On the way back to the car I took a few more flower pics.  Here’s one of a lousewort species.

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We also ran across a bit of wildlife, too.

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female spruce grouse if I’m not mistaken.

And then just because I happen to be a fun guy who likes fungi, had to take a quick shot of this one.

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choral fungus spp.

Well I took almost 200 pics on this hike so you can see I’ve really held back here and saved you from 40 pics of Raft from different viewpoints and so many flowered meadows.  You just gotta go and see it for yourself!

Keep on ramblin’

Rich

“Green Rocks” Trail

I am a very lucky guy in that I live pretty close (~6 km) to where I work part time and to get there, I can walk, run, bike, drive, take the bus or a combination of those.  There is one little caveat, though.  In order to get to or from the building I work in, I have to go up or down a small mountain.  Elevation gain is 250-270 metres depending on where I start from.

Luckily, there are lots of mountain bike trails that are multi-use for hikers too.  I use  them all the time.  Just this afternoon I ran down one on a run home, one of the options from above.

One of the trails I frequent has a beautiful little section with rocks covered with moss along the side of it and so I like to refer to it as the “Green Rocks” trail.  And it’s an offshoot of one of the main trails so doesn’t get quite the usage which frankly, is quite fine by me.  Because if it did, especially by the bikers, the green rocks would disappear quite quickly.  In fact one of the reasons I’m writing this and posting a couple of pics is because I know sooner or later, this will probably happen.

In any event, it is a lovely section and I’d like to share a it with you 🙂

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My favourite green rocks

And here’s some more a little further down the trail.

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More of the lovely green rocks

I think they’re quite lovely, don’t you?  It always lifts my spirits to see them. And I’m sure you noticed that I didn’t tell you where this trail is, eh?  That’s because it’s not really an “open” trail.  So the less people that use it, the better.

Hope you enjoyed this little ramble.

Rich

 

A Walk in Belcarra

When we don’t have much time and just want a nice walk in the woods by the shore we often head over to Belcarra Park. There are a couple of nice trails there for strolls or if you have more time, longer excursions. The trails there connect up with an extensive network of trails in the area including to Sasamat and Buntzen lakes.

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On this walk we took the trail to Admiralty Point.  Here’s one of the side “beaches” on the way to the Point.

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Keep on Rambling.

Rich

Snowshoeing in Snoqualmie Pass

Had the pleasure of snowshoeing with my daughter for a couple of hours around a lake at Snoqualmie Pass, about 90 minutes East of Seattle.  It was her first real snowshoe and we had a great time!!  Here’s a few of my best shots from the day.

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Lots of other folks out enjoying the day on the trail, too 🙂

Rich

Misty Morning Meander

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Mist in Miller Park during a morning run.  Caught my eye and I had to stop briefly to get out the phone and get the shot before continuing on with business as usual.

Usually when I run or walk through this park, there’s people with dogs and those ball toss thingies they use to give their dogs exercise.  No one there this morning but me.

I love how the camera accentuated the mist-blurred sun.

Rich