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)