[u]AfterWorkHike - Elk Mountain</u>
This week we picked a local standard hike for our destination and tried to ignore the gloom&doom in the sky.
I thought we could at least enjoy a nice forest hike even with the rain.
There were 9 of us all together for this outing..2 from Club Tread, the rest were a collection of coworkers.
By the time we made it to the trailhead it was just before 6pm and it was at this moment I started imagining all of us coming down the mtn with headlamps.
Janice and I quickly noticed the speed at which the younger crew were bolting up the mtn...I guess I need to get more regular cardio training.
We all kept a consistent pace without any major breaks all the way to the first lookout. Once there most went up the stairs to gain that rocky outlook but when I got there, climbing the moss, rocks and bushwacking seemed a bit more exciting..I am sure some thought I was an animal crashing through those trees.
We all had a good laugh and spent some time feeding the birds out of our hands, soaked in the scenery of the valley below...so many cloud layers with light rays spotlighting the mountain sides below. It was a very peaceful hike up to this point with the quiet of the night and various random bird noises creating a soundtrack of sorts..waterfalls, birds.
Most of us trudged on up to the summit and beyond to enjoy the rewards of our efforts for hiking up. The alpine is gently rolling with fantastic views below in the evening..everything is so still, so surreal like looking down on a miniature model set with tiny houses, tiny cars and the weather slowly changing to hide and unveil different scenes and all the while the sun is setting to backlight the clouds and terrain.
All in all this couldn't have turned out better.. Good group, good weather, great hike.
Some photos of our evening:
Looking out towards Cultus Lake, Chilliwack
Some of the crew coming up the summit ridge.
Looking towards Thurston..