Walking in the Rockies - Towards Helen Lake

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August 11th 2017
Published: August 27th 2017
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Bow Lake under Crowchild GlacierBow Lake under Crowchild GlacierBow Lake under Crowchild Glacier

Emerald water in a blue-grey setting
The warm temperatures of this summer soaked into us as we walked up the sun-dappled trail. Tree roots made a crazy staircase through the forest undergrowth of red, yellow and purple wild flowers. Water is abundant enough that we crossed six rivulets, with rough stepping stones thoughtfully placed by others. Our already slow group divided into "bit faster" and "bit slower", and since the scenes were beautiful, I stayed with the latter.

As we moved into a more meandering and undulating section, we could see over the dark green tree canopy to the deep turquoise of Bow Lake, overseen by the hanging grey ice of Crowfoot Glacier. Just at the path grew steeper and stonier, our backward glances rewarded us with the shining ribbon of the Bow River cutting through the faraway valley.

Turning my attention to footwork, joy came from the clear air as we trekked around curves that always seemed to lead to the ridge - but not quite. Finally, we tipped over from the lush valley to the sparse valley. A wall of sunburnt mountains confronted us across from a wide expanse of dense forest below. Since it was obvious we would not be able to
Crowfoot GlacierCrowfoot GlacierCrowfoot Glacier

Majestic overhang near Bow Lake
make either the creek nor Helen lake, we walked comfortably along the narrow, dusty trail until the sun-drenched meadow faded into more trees and shade for lunch.

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Burnt woodsBurnt woods
Burnt woods

Vertical natural sculpture
Bow LakeBow Lake
Bow Lake

Better and better views the higher we walk
Bow RiverBow River
Bow River

A sliver of silver snaking through smoky mountains
Bow Lake Bow Lake
Bow Lake

Part of our group enjoyed the Lake close up

Dots of colour attract our eyes
Sunshine on a pine treeSunshine on a pine tree
Sunshine on a pine tree

Bow Lake in the distance
Dolomite PeakDolomite Peak
Dolomite Peak

Sudden change of landscape

Such modern green shades!
Wildflowers in the MeadowWildflowers in the Meadow
Wildflowers in the Meadow

Our lunch-time view
Distant waterfallDistant waterfall
Distant waterfall

Astounding sound bounced between the mountains.

Looking upwards for a complex view of trees

28th August 2017

Beautiful photos, so relaxing, felt like I had been there to enjoy it too!
28th August 2017

Again, a great job capturing the spectacular diversity of near and far vistas available in the mountains.

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