This trip got its kickoff with Harry's wish to do Rainbow Mountain, which was also high on my list. Trip event was posted, got responses, and we got our group of Devmar (Dean); William, Stephanie, Harry, and myself. A great effort with the pace set by Stephanie... We covered the 8 km to Rainbow Lake in 2 hours and 20 minutes, very good time, with elevation gain of 800 meters. It is a beautiful lake amongst a superb outdoor setting.
We took a 3/4 hour lunch break, and then set off for Rainbow Mountain; the 4.8 km distance covered close to 870 meter gain, and took us 4 hours with the steep and tricky snow slopes, the scrambling, and route finding. Good thing I was tail end at one stretch, knocked a jumble of rocks down... Including the 3/4 hour lunch break also on the summit, the total time for everything took us 12 hours from 9 to 9.. and with enough light, no night-lights were needed.
Trailhead... to the first "Arch" Bridge:
The first meadow, boardwalk..
Reached the lake, (2 hrs 20 minutes from car)
After lunch, up to the valley leading to Rainbow Mountain.
On the upper slopes: Video view..
Approach to Summit - see the notch:
Happy Times we reached the summit:
Views from the Summit:
Time to Head Down: Group Below..
A rest in the meadows, bottom of the mountain:
Reached the lake, and heading back for the home stretch..
GPS Google Images: starting with overview.. and to the mountain section of the trip:
So ends a great day with 26 km round trip with 1670 meters elevation gain, and the sun generated some good heat on the slopes on our way up.
Thank you to everyone for sharing this adventure, and special thanks to Stephanie as our route finding guide to the summit.
After four + years on my list, this one is done.