A repeat of my trip from last Wednesday with Maria and a group of friends. Not much to add other than things are changing quickly up there now - flowers that were in peak bloom have died off, buds that weren't there are now common, and even noticing flowers opening out during the course of the day. We followed the trail towards Panorama Ridge for a km or so, rather than the Black Tusk trail as before, which showed up some interesting differences due to even a modest change in elevation (less than 100 m). There were fewer glacier lilies on this section, but still plenty to see at least for the next few days to a week. Also we noticed the first paintbrush flowers beginning to bloom.
Perhaps the most notable change was in the level of the lake. Whereas on Wednesday, the area nearest the bridge over Rubble Creek was completely dry, there is now a small puddle forming indicating that water is seeping through the log debris. I can see that within another week or so the creek may be running again. Fascinating to see these changes!
It was much hotter than Wednesday too and we all went through at least 3 litres. Thank goodness for delicious cold meltwater streams and friends carrying water treatment drops :-) It was also ridiculously busy with cars parked way down the road.
We saw a black bear grazing the meadows between Taylor Meadows and Outhouse Junction. It was a good 100-200 m off the trail and I'm not convinced it noticed us. Be sure to follow food storage best practices if you're camping up there.
We also saw some spectacular rock fall at the Barrier too - great fun to watch, at least from that vantage point. Looking up at the sheer walls as we reached the 2.5 km switchback made it seem a little less fun!