The morning dawned perfect, with the sunlight glowing on the mountains.
|The view at breakfast|
|Goat Mtn across Spray Lakes|
|Magic marker on a tree. Creative.|
|KC clambering up near the start|
|The basin from the top of the rocks|
|The outflow of a small waterfall|
|The lake under Bogart Tower|
|Mt. Bogart. You can climb the scree ramp to gain Red Ridge|
|You just want to drink it|
|You can see the black outline of the high water level|
|30' of coral heads|
|One of many fern corals we saw|
|Shells of something|
|More fern corals|
|Some really cool something|
Last time we were up here, we saw tons of marmots. Today, only one skittish one.
|Chubby as usual|
|Long toes + claws = canid. Too small to be a wolf|
|Hiding, and very convincingly, too|
|On the watch|
|Watching me and lots of other things|
|Chillin' on a rock|
It started chilly this morning, but by mid afternoon, it was at least 24° in the basin, and 26° by the time we got to the car at 5 PM. We though that a midweek day would be quiet up there, but in fact ran across two folks from Canmore doing the same clockwise circuit of the basin, two other folks coming up in the late afternoon and two folks in the parking lot who had climbed Mt. Sparrowhawk.
Please, please consider doing this hike. It's not as popular as the "I summited a mountain" hikes, but it absolutely deserves to be on every hikers list of places to go.