A pleasant and relaxing afternoon hike. The trail was bone dry and in good condition. Plenty of hungry mosquitoes, but I got away with only half-a-dozen bites. We headed towards First Lake to pick up the Baden-Powell trail and then the summit trail. We returned the same way until the warming hut, at which point we took the powerline trail back to the car.
It was moderately busy, and the summit area did feel a bit crowded when a few groups are up there, especially when one group sprawled out over the summit rock (even more so when certain members of said group shrieked every time a whisky jack came near...). The bench that used to be up here has long gone. Despite notices about campfires being banned, someone has had a fire up here quite recently and tried to burn an aerosol can...
Hollyburn Lodge is being renovated/rebuilt and there is a signed detour around it. Unfortunately, the roadway that leads to the lodge is essentially a logging road as it's been upgraded to handle heavy construction vehicles so it's kinda crappy to walk right now :-(. Having said that, the more direct route that follows the powerlines has always been an unpleasant rubble-fest.
Bunchberry is blooming extensively right now, queen's cup leaves are plentiful with many in bud already, pink heather is beginning to bloom and even a few white heather bells are out (nearer the summit). Purple violets, deer cabbage, and northern starflower were blooming in the (somewhat dry) boggy areas. The various berry bushes are also in flower or even beginning their berry growth now. A lovely time to be rambling subalpine trails.
Note that the Crazy Raven pub is closed, and the main downhill ski area parking lot is gated off.