I knew it would be busy on the Chief on a sunny Saturday, with snow still lingering just about everywhere else, and the increasing popularity of the trail in general, but I wanted a quick butt-burning outing to get in shape for summer hiking, and drtitmouse wanted the same, so off we went.
Blackfly had recently informed me that there'd been a headcount last Saturday; 1400 people had hiked it that day. Well I guess if it was to be the same this Saturday, we might as well make it 1402.
I guess it's official: The Chief is now the Grouse Grind of Squamish:
If you want to go up to 2nd Peak, get in line!
A major traffic jam in the gully going to 2nd Peak
1)the ladder; 2) the dog needs a little help
View of 1st Peak from 2nd; looks like if any more people show up it'll be standing room only.
Nice day for views from 2nd Peak :
Someone has set up a zipline across this gaping abyss. No way in hell I'd go across it, but to each his/her own!
View of Garibaldi
2nd Peak from 3rd (there are relatively few people on third):
Wildlife all around:
It was a very nice day out in spite of the throngs of people. At least everyone was happy and good natured about the traffic jams!
The downside: halfway back down I slipped and as I fell, I felt a yanking twisting from inside my left knee (the good knee!). I limped and hobbled the rest of the day, and it looks like my Canada Day long weekend hiking plans are likely shot. This was supposed to be a "getting in shape for hiking" hike; so much for that!!