In summer of '07 I scrambled Mt. Aylmer via standard Kane route. On that day I did a loop by heading first to Aylmer lookout, then following sparsely treed ridge to main summit block; on return I dropped more directly to Aylmer Pass trail thus forming a loop. One thing that stuck in mind all these years was strategically positioned viewpoint at site of old fire lookout - entire lake Minnewanka could be seen. Unfortunately air was fully of smoke and haze; photos sucked. I made mental note to return on a clear and crisp day; here's how it looked like today:
Today I did not bring a bike as I did in '07. Lots of mtn bikers till L8 junction, but after I turned left on Aylmer Pass trail saw nobody for rest of the day. Everything is very dry; just some sporadic patches of snow around 2000m altitude. Almost nothing left off lookout structure anymore:
After break decided to follow ridge a bit. Summit was out of question, but had vague idea I might do a loop. Pretty soon I started postholing pretty badly and decided to return the same way. Views from turnaround point, about 1/2 hr along the ridge from the lookout:
Just before rejoining lake trail at L8 campground sat on nice little platform and enjoyed early supper with these views:
Looks like some Himalayan giant? No, its 'only' Inglismaldie:
GPS stats: 26 km return, ~1000 vertical and 8 hrs. Full write-up with additional photos
Everything very dry - if you go, bring water. I took only 1 Nalgene and it was not nearly enough, but was able to sustain myself from patches of snow near lookout. Oh yes, and beware -- ticks are out.