After the last ski trips of March we had to take a pause from venturing outside due to coronavirus restrictions. Fortunately, in early May some public park areas became accessible again.
We started exploring new areas based on where we thought there wouldn’t be much snow. As you will see below, our estimates were often too optimistic!
Sandy McNabb Campground
On this short outing we enjoyed being outside, had lunch, watched someone crash their annoying drone into the river, and spotted some bear tracks.
On this trip we accidentally took a wrong turn to another parking lot, and ended up hiking to a cave with ice features that we had no idea existed beforehand.
Correcting our error of the previous day, we found the correct road and slogged through kilometres of soft snow. Fortunately the weather cooperated and gave us a beautiful lunch hour on the summit.
North Fork Trail
A quiet trail in a lower and less trafficked area than we would normally visit (and a very rough road to drive the car in on). We were rewarded with some wonderful views, and saw lots of friendly horse riders along the way.
Threepoint Mountain Trail
A fantastic hike along a ridge which required a frigid stream crossing to access.
This area is extremely busy in the summer, but until mid June a mountain highway closure means that it is much quieter. A short 12km bicycle ride shortens the journey from the road barrier to the hiking trailhead. Still lots of snow to be slogged through though…
A short jaunt up to a pass on a rainy morning. Lots of snow left on the north side of the pass so we didn’t venture very far.