Jasper National Park Aug 13-14, 2010
After a few quite days on the trails of Mt Robson, arriving in Jasper township was a bit of shock – a small town overrun by RV’s and very busy. We drove east and camped at Snarling River where we met a lovely Park Ranger. The Park is enormous and she recommended a few places to visit. The camp-ground was surrounded by brilliant landscape of folded and rolled steep mountain escarpments, dropping down to a pine forest floor and a milky green glacial river. It is all on such a grand scale that it is difficult to take in. And just when you think it cannot get any more stunning it does. Early the next morning to beat the crowds, we walked the Edith Cavell trail to the base of the rapidly receding Angel Glacier. I cannot describe how stunning the landscape is particularly the alpine meadow above the tree line which was still carpeted in summer blooms. On the way south we stayed at Jonas Creek and visited the Columbia Icefield. Again we went early in the morning, it was bitterly cold but we were the only people there, before the armada of RV’s and coaches. It made me wonder what the early inhabitants of this area felt about this place. Awesome is an overused word but I can’t think of any other.
I remember doing the early morning thing also to avoid the crowds and then one Wednesday, I think it was mid September, I went to bed and woke up on the Thursday and the crowds never came. The summer season had ended. It was strange but like a huge pressure was lifted. Over the next month the termination powder headed down the slopes until everything was frozen again.
Best of luck in Five Peaks. Have fun.
Wow that would be magic to see the same scene under snow.