- Carola K.
After the last, somewhat cured, winter hike, the trip to the popular Joffre Lakes turned out to be a true winter fairy tale. Despite the off-season, quite a few people are out and about here today - some with very questionable clothing and equipment. The way up is almost completely covered in snow and partly icy. Again and again we observe groups of people who move forward on all fours and slip away again and again. On the other hand, we walk briskly past everyone with our microspikes. The icy ascent is even easier than going down. Then it goes faster for one or the other than he or she would like.A total of three beautiful lakes are waiting for us. In summer these shine in a wonderful turquoise. We can only guess at this, because the two higher elevations in particular are already covered with a layer of ice. It's cold and windy up here, so we only enjoy the view of the glacier with a short break. All in all a dream in white!Since visitor numbers have exploded in recent years, it is only a matter of time before access will be limited in the future. Rightly so, to protect the fragile nature and to preserve these jewels for future generations.
November 8, 2021
- 03:353.44 mi1.0 mph550 ft675 ft
- Carola K.
After all the successful hikes - sometimes with a trail, sometimes without - it was time for a little defeat. But from the beginning.The goal of today's tour should be a small refuge at the foot of a glacier. With a fireplace and sleeping places and an amazing view. During my research I had already read that the area had been extremely changed by a massive landslide two years ago. The website for the hut itself gave a recommendation for traversing the scree, known as the landslide, from the British Columbia's official park guard. Parts of the old trail had been completely destroyed by the Landslide. So far, so prepared. I thought.When we arrive at the trailhead, of course, a completely snow-covered landscape awaits us at this altitude. Nothing that surprised us now. So we shoulder our rucksacks at half past three - much too late to get to the hut before sunset. We are also aware of that. But we have headlamps with us and it's even brighter in the snow after sunset. We try to circumnavigate boggy paths for the first few meters. Then we stand in front of a river and need a few minutes to find the questionable and also icy bridge that brings us to the other side of the river with dry feet.We continue over the forest floor and icy puddles to an old forest road, which is hardly recognizable as such. Again and again the branches hit us in the face, one or the other ice-cold stream also wants to be crossed. After a good two kilometers we climb over fallen trees and stand in front of the massive landslide. At first it is difficult to be amazed at the sight. Over 5 kilometers long and almost 1 kilometer wide, the scree field of boulders, trees, branches and stones poured over the landscape and left a huge chaos. Much larger than the satellite images suggested.Just two footprints lead into the middle of the scree field and, along with only a few small hints, point out a possible route. The problem: Everything is covered by a light layer of powder snow of around 15 centimeters. It is difficult or impossible to see where there is solid ground and where there is only a hole between rocks and trees. Slowly and carefully we feel our way through the field. Again and again we sink in. Sometimes I can hardly get my shoe out of the knee-deep snow, other times I land too hard with my thumb on a rock when catching it. Our progress is underground and the route is becoming more and more difficult to see. I really only want one more thing: get out of this minefield for guaranteed injuries.
November 3, 2021
- Carola K.
Because we are already in the corner and there are still around three hours until sunset, we continue to the Battle Bluff Trailhead after the challenging hike on Cinnamon Ridge. The rain front is already lurking behind the mountains, but on the opposite side of the river the sun is still shining through the clouds.The path leads back through a desert-like grassy landscape and a warning sign from an "old friend" brings back memories of the Arizona Trail: The mountain lion, known here as the cougar, is at home here. But since we don't see any signs of a mountain lion present at the moment, we continue on the way. Instead, a few meters higher, three bighorn sheep watch us from the hill. For the first time I finally see the proud Bighorn Sheeps! 🐐Past old car wrecks, it first goes down a little and then with a view of Kamloops Lake steeply uphill to the lookout rock. The Canadians don't know serpentines here, it's always straight uphill. One little sign after the other means we are still not up. At around 4:45 p.m. we finally reach the windy but sunny summit, which is bathed in the wonderfully warm light of the passing day. We enjoy the view briefly, but sufficiently, and hike back with "alpine glow" on the opposite volcanic basalt columns.Once at the trailhead, one car after another arrives. A group of at least 16 people have agreed to go on a night hike. So it won't be a peaceful night on the rock. Once again in the right place at the right time. 🌄
October 29, 2021
- 01:062.95 mi2.7 mph1,275 ft1,250 ft
- Carola K.
The Cinnamon Ridge "Trail" - what was Caro looking for? Completely fascinated by the pictures of the absolutely desert-like landscape, this tour was of course also part of my planning. Yesterday we dared the adventure, which was once again connected with a lot of (fear) sweat, grumbling and falling down the mountain.It starts at the end of a gravel road, again without any indication of a trailhead. That seems to be so common in Canada for the routes that are not exactly tourist strongholds. Anyone who gets lost here has researched well beforehand. Only a few steps further we find a small signpost to the Cinnamon Ridge, which the city of Kamloops only put up here in August. We follow the signs and climb a steep path. Next to us the canyon. With my tour description in mind, we turn around after a few meters, because the signposted path leads up the mountain and not into the canyon. But there are some bizarre hoodoos that we want to visit.We follow a quite clearly visible path and then always up the river bed. The scree and the considerable incline make the progress extremely snail-like. The rock formations, however, always give us an oh-ah-effect. The landscape here in the canyon makes you quickly forget that you are still in the middle of Canada. Southern California, Arizona, Utah - yes, that's where I am right now. Did I mention that when I was planning I wasn't so sure if there was a way out of the canyon? The further up we get, the steeper and more rubble it becomes and the previously visible trail is lost in animal paths and steep slopes. With some climbing, sliding and shaking, we actually make it out and onto the ridge, where we treat ourselves to a break with a first-class view over Kamloops and the Thompson River.The way back via the Mara Hill Trail is no less nerve-wracking. It goes steeply down and the small stones under the shoes make the path look like black ice. We land on our buttocks more than once, including abrasions. In some places it even looks like some willfully just slid down the mountain on their butts.After about four hours for just five kilometers, we completed the loop. An amazing trail! I would do it again.
October 28, 2021
- Carola K.
The plan was to walk to Canada next year ... to the northern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail. Of course, the plan still stands. But since we're "around the corner", I thought I'd pay a visit to the monument in the middle of the forest from the Canadian side.The first day of the three-day adventure takes us to Manning Park, where the classic finishers of the 4,000-kilometer Pacific Crest Trail (PCT for short) return to civilization. We start in the drizzle with an outside temperature of around 8 degrees. You're not made of sugar. The weather forecast predicts rain for the next three days. Fortunately, the Canadian weather frogs are sometimes wrong. After we reach the highest point of the day at around 1,600 meters, the rain subsides. At the PCT camp, where we take a short break, the sun is shining and the clouds provide a view of the Cascade Mountains on the American side and Frosty Mountain on the Canadian side.Frosty Mountain is optionally planned for tomorrow - depending on what the weather gods have in store. Because there is already snow up there. And arriving soaked on a windy, snow-covered mountain peak is the best prerequisite for hypothermia. But more on that later. Today we are walking down almost everything we have already achieved. After about six more kilometers we cross Castle Creek, walk over Monument 78 Camp, which will be our home for the night, and on to the US-Canada border.A few turns and then we stand in front of the wooden pillar that marks the end point of the PCT. Next to it is a silver monument with the number 78, which runs along the entire border. I can touch the silver thing on the Canadian side - the wooden monument, on the other hand, is waiting for my return next year. On foot. From Mexico.
October 26, 2021
- Carola K.
The jet lag persists. 😅 At 4 a.m. we had our first coffee in the tent and after an hour's drive the first short hike for today: still in the dark to Bridal Veil Falls, an enchanting waterfall that looks particularly mystical at dawn.Immediately on to Manning Park. Pay a visit to the PCT Monument. ;)
October 20, 2021
- Carola K.
With a cloudy lake and mountains we wake up in the middle of the Canadian nature. The sun is slowly starting to fight its way through. In the semi-darkness I get the bear canister from the metal food box a few meters away. The bear spray always ready to hand. You never know.We consider doing the big loop back over Flora Peak, but in the end we decide against it. After all, we want to insert one or two other smaller hikes today and the ascent of the summit would cost us the whole day. The way back is beautiful anyway and takes us once more to the turquoise-blue Lindeman Lake. Really kitschy Canada postcard panorama. 🏞And the route is not that easy to walk either. There are also almost eight kilometers when it comes to shaky stone fields. All in all, a wonderful opening adventure. It can go on like this. ☀️
October 23, 2021
- Carola K.
Canada in late October. That has its advantages and disadvantages. While almost all campgrounds are already closed, the backcountry is open all year round. And only very few get lost there in the weather conditions.We spend our first night all alone at the idyllic Greendrop Lake. We still have to get used to not having a heart attack with every loud noise in the forest. There is not a bear crouching around every corner. 🐻 Since they are particularly full of food right now, a little more caution is required. So we move through the undergrowth more badly than really singing, so as not to scare Master Petz unnecessarily. But nobody wants to hear it. 😆
October 23, 2021
- Carola K.
If you get away from work too late, you should have a headlamp ready - after what felt like an eternity, today we went on a short trek through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Slowly it feels like a second home and yet I still find countless ways and paths that I don't know.Shortly after 6 p.m. we started walking at the Kleingießhübel parking lot. That was a great starting point last year and - in theory - it still is. The fact that the parking lot is now chargeable is still acceptable. However, I found it no longer entirely up-to-date that payment can only be made in coins here and that a mere 20 euros should be available in coins for our four days. And even worse: I was actually able to change so much change in the friendly Zschirnsteinbaude next door - only to find out that the great machine can only be paid for up to a maximum of 24 hours. Who would come up with something like that in the region that calls for trekking? So we paid 24 hours and left a nice note on the windshield with the note: "We'll be back on Monday."Originally, I wanted to make a detour to the Großer Zschirnstein on the way to the Grenzbaude to finally see the triangulation column that we just ran past on the Forststeig in 2018. However, as the time had progressed, we trudged on the shortest, albeit muddy, route to the border hut. The night caught up with us anyway and so the two hikers who had already moved into the hut were visibly surprised when we stumbled in shortly before 8 p.m. 🌙We spent the evening by the cozy fireplace and once again my little USB light chain turned out to be the perfect purchase. Coziness to the power of ten. 🕯
September 21, 2021
- Carola K.
The lap was supposed to be twice as long, but I let the weather report mislead me. But all the more reason to explore the hills of Märkische Schweiz again!Highly recommended: the Silberkehle, a very natural gorge, where you have a lot to climb. Arriving in good time is an advantage, especially when the weather is good, because even today the parking lot was busy.
August 28, 2021