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Regular readers have already seen my many posts on the Pyramid Bench (Overlook) hike. We have never really hiked it in the depths of winter, but have hiked in late fall and early spring when snow and ice are still on the trail.
In November 2013, we were in calm peaceful Jasper, while a fall blizzard raged outside the National Park. We had a bit of snow and some cooler temps, but were undeterred in our hiking. On this hike, we started seeing animal tracks in the fresh fallen snow. The first tracks to attract our attention (2nd last shot) were those of a small cat (bobcat or lynx). However, later along the trail we saw larger cat tracks (last shot) crossing back and forth across the trail. They were likely those of a cougar and we got a little nervous, not knowing if the cougar was stalking the smaller cat or us.
We did the big hike this day, including the Katrine Lake loop and came across a scene which we have not seen since. The lake was just starting to freeze and tiny little pieces of frazil ice were forming around the reed and grass stalks. As the lake water gently rose and fell from the light winds, these delicate frazils popped in and out of the slushy ice.
We hiked this trail twice in April 2019, once on our own and once with friends H & L from Winnipeg. It was a bit slippery at that time, but still beautiful.
In May 2019, a late spring snow storm brought winter beauty to the trail when we hiked with M & P from New Zealand. It was kind of a 2 seasons in one trip event. The shots from the top of the bench were stunningly beautiful.