A month later and here I am again :-) Maria and I tackled the centre and north summits (aka Second and Third Peak) today so we can both celebrate ten years since our first ascent. It was pleasantly warm and sunny, if a little hazy.
The trail is the same as it was a month ago. Still dry with only a couple of squishy patches near Third Peak. Of course it was nowhere near as peaceful, until we got to the Third Peak. Our late start meant that we got there just as most people were heading back down. The descent down the gully between Second and Third Peaks was as tough as ever, but also lovely in the afternoon light. The grouse were still evident with their booming calls echoing off the walls of the gully.
First Peak looked like a zoo as usual: most of the throng turned up in that direction. Among the many people we encountered today, the worst has to be a guy who had a portable speaker attached to his belt playing dance-y type music at an obnoxious volume with his lady-friend traipsing along behind carrying their shirt-pocket-sized pooch. Neither looked to be carrying any water (and we saw a good few people with no supplies of any kind). Thankfully they were on their way down as we headed up. What can you do but shake your head and move on?
Salmonberry is still blooming down in the campground (along with some spring beauty). The berry bushes are coming into flower, with many out in full leaf already. We encountered at least 4 chipmunks, a pair of ravens and a Stellar's jay. And the vultures were soaring around Squamish.
Another great day out in Sea-to-Sky country :-)