We quickly donned wind jackets and I had remembered to pack my mosquito head net which was a real life saver for me. That combined with DEET seemed to keep them at bay long enough to do the basic camp chores. We picked a nice spot in the pasture for the tent and then refilled our water bottles in the stream
oops, this is a pic of one of the stream crossings in the first part of the trek. Daryl shows off technique for crossing a log bridge which has a defunct railing. Here's our tent site at MC
It's hard to see but there are dried cow flops dispersed throughout the meadows and a horse camp at the other end of the meadows from where we pitched the tent. And here's the stream bottle filling
. We headed over to the horse camp area which had a fire pit with steel cooking structure and most importantly, some logs to sit on. Oh to have a proper seat [
). We cooked up some quick dinner and the only sound we could hear was the buzzing of mosquitoes. yup, there was so many of them, the meadow hummed audibly with their sound. Luckily, it was getting dark and they were starting to thin out to mere hum and every time a breeze sprung up, I had a window to take off the head net and really see where we were. We had both been looking forward to laying back and seeing the stars but what with the mosquitos and how tired we were, we packed it in and just went to sleep. Ah, the bliss of sleep. Oh, yeah, first we hung up our food so other animals wouldn't get to it, like bears- you know the drill.
The following morning we were up bright and early and packed up and wanted to do the 9 K to Nicomen lake before bkfst and figured that would only take maybe 2 hours since we had done all the climbing, right? Oh yeah, tips for anyone who repeats this, although why you would after taking it in vicariously through this report escapes me. We headed on up the Hope Pass Trail and within a 100 metres of the meadow encountered a sign that said Hope Pass, 2270 metres. Well I knew we were in MC and I knew we were supposed to take the trail to Nicomen Lake BEFORE we reached Hope Pass so what was the deal? We headed back to the meadows and coming from that direction, easily saw the sign (basically invisible when coming from the meadows) for the Nicomen Lake trail. This is the section of trail that goes through the alpine meadows and they were lovely
. Here's a couple of the flowers I haven't seen posted in other folks' pics of the Heather trail meadows
and this interesting one
of course we saw all the standard flowers including a lovely stand of the white orchid posted by Nancy S. This section of trail is a bit confusing as it has been braided by horse use and other animals. What the book and maps don't tell you is to keep the two Twin Lakes on your left (which we did) and stay high. If you go past the second lake, you've gone too far. Just before the end of lake #2, the trail heads off up to the right and after it rounds a stand of trees, you'll see a metal triangular sign nailed to a tree that says Trail. Pretty informative, huh? Anyway follow the horse tracks and then you come eventually on to another horse camp called Fido camp. Of course, this isn't mentioned in either of the write-ups in the new and old editions of 103 hikes but if you've had the sense to download the Manning Park versions of the map, it is clearly indicated.
Edited by - rsobel on 07/31/2003 1:55:14 PM