Autumn 2020 – Part 6 – Pyramid Bench Hike – Jasper National Park

September 28, 2020

Our go to hike on the first day in Jasper is usually the Pyramid Bench hike, Trail #2 with many offshoots that allow you to change the distance and terrain you are hiking. We started off with the best intentions of doing the full 2b/2h hike which would have swung us around Katrine Lake, a small mountain tarn. But, after our lunch stop, we started to second guess ourselves and simply retraced our steps on 2b. Our hike was about 6 km (3.75 miles) long with an elevation gain of only 79 meters (259 feet) which you gain and lose several times. At one point, we thought we would pop back to see the lake from a shorter route, but the wind was up and the swaying snags (dead trees) made us nervous about possible falling limbs and trees. All in all, a good first hike and it was now “wine o’clock” after all. Here are the pix.

The starting point.

Despite the lateness of the season, we were surprised at how many alpine flowers still remained.

There was little wildlife in evidence, but we did spot some small birds (I believe this is a common House Sparrow) eating on the path from time to time, as well as this Downy woodpecker.

Some fungi were also in evidence

Views of Pyramid Lake from the Red Chair position on our hike.

There was some knitting and a blanket in the trees at one point. This may have some First Nation significance. We are not sure.

Still climbing up to the viewpoint.

The views from our picnic spot were spectacular (as was the picnic)

Trembling Aspen leaves
The path back
Tall grasses and broken trees were everywhere.
These are some of the snags that were causing us concern when the wind picked up.
Reflections on a little pond.

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After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

28 thoughts on “Autumn 2020 – Part 6 – Pyramid Bench Hike – Jasper National Park

  1. Looks like a beautiful hike. It’s surprising how many flowers are still in bloom considering the time of year. I’ve always liked trails that have multiple options to scale up or down depending on how much time you want to spend hiking. It’s nice to have that option if you’re just not feeling the hike.

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    1. It was, for sure. I guess plants have to work so hard to grow in the alpine terrain, they are hardy enough to keep on going. A good first day hike, when you are planning for 6 days of hiking. It gave us a chance to work up to bigger heights and get use to the altitude change. This one has so many options, you can almost do a new hike every time. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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  2. Wow, the views from your picknick spot were truly stunning. There’s nothing better than getting into nature and going hiking. It offers a way to find some silence and clarity. Yet another beautiful set of amazing pictures, Allan. Thanks for sharing and take care 😊 Aiva

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    1. We were so lucky to be able to eat outside in late September/early October in the mountains. It sure beats lunch at the kitchen table. Thanks so much for reading and commenting Aiva. It is +11 here today, but windy. Looks like winter is not yet here. Stay well. Allan

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    1. Thanks Bernie. We started taking photos of our backs a few years ago. I think that may be my best side. We lead a charmed life in weather and splendour for sure. Hope it is repeatable some day. Many thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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    1. I hear you Ann. I just want to travel to see the ones I love…son and daughter in Vancouver and sister and brother on the East coast. Scenery is great, but I think we all just need hugs right now. Thanks so much for reading. Allan

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      1. You’re right! As much as I want to get away (anywhere!) what I truly miss is time spent with loved ones I can’t see right now. I know I’m lucky that my mother, one of my sisters and my kids live nearby, and I’m so sorry your son and daughter don’t live near you. But I still have family and friends that I miss terribly, and I suspect my first trip will be to see them!

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    1. Glad you liked them Angie. The mountain air has a scent like nowhere else. And as it was autumn, we kept going through areas that we could best describe as a spicy smell. We could hear the birds, but not always see them amongst the trees and the squirrels were just going nuts. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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