Autumn 2020 – Part 46 – Here at Last – Jasper National Park

October 3, 2020

The Katrine Lake Hike is actually a portion of the Pyramid Bench hike we did on Day 1. Today, we were starting with this portion of the hike, before heading up to Pyramid Bench and the views.

  • trailhead – end of Pyramid Lake Road, just past Pyramid Island parking lot – Trail 2b/2h
  • distance – about 2 km ( 1 1/4 miles) to Katrine Lake
  • elevation gain/loss – 36 meters (118 feet)
  • not a difficult hike, but the Katrine Lake portion of the trail is less used, so can be a bit overgrown.

Just before starting up, we spotted some funky little mushrooms and a happy kayaker

Trail 2b

We popped into the forest trail to the trees with knitting on them. Still not sure if this is art or First Nations ceremonial. We were amazed at how bare the deciduous trees were now looking. Our vacation timing was right on.

Trail 2h to Katrine Lake

Katrine Lake was not as pretty as we recalled it from previous trips. It looks much better with snow on it or just as ice is forming.

High in the trees, cheeky squirrels were busy cutting pine cone branches and dropping them to the ground for later pickup. This one was very agile, but did not take our intrusion kindly.

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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.

13 thoughts on “Autumn 2020 – Part 46 – Here at Last – Jasper National Park

    1. I agree. We all need a warmer scene right now. Those reeds were as pretty as I could make Katrine Lake that day. We were there at freeze up one year and all those little reeds had tiny little frazils around them which looked spectacular as the wavelets hit and they went up and down. Thanks for “reed”ing and commenting guys. Allan


  1. Fantastic photos and a beautiful forest trail, Allan. And you even managed to capture the squirrel. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day. Ericeira is finishing school next Tuesday, and then we can get ready to celebrate Christmas eve. It’s time to bake gingerbread cookies! Aiva 🙂

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    1. Thanks Aiva. We were happy the wind was calm that day. There are so many “snags” due to the Mountain Pine Beetle damage, that walking the trails on a windy day can be a hazard. Is Ericeira getting excited by the prospect of Christmas. I know our youngsters were always excited the closer they got to the last day of school before Christmas. That was a long time ago now. Hmmm, I can smell the gingerbread baking. Have a great weekend and thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. Agreed on the trail and treadmill. After each of my trips, I put a production of photos and videos together. Sometimes, we put these on the TV when we ride the bike or walk the treadmill. Kind of like hiking the trails again. Thanks for reading Lori. Allan

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