On Thursday A. suggested taking the canoe across Callaghan Lake and hiking to Cirque Lake. I have been wanting to check out this area for quite a while, but in warmer weather. The weather forecast for Friday was cloudy with clearing later in the day. With the high snow line I thought why not. It's a short hike (300m vertical in 1.5km) and I have not taken the canoe out this year as much as I would have liked. The dirt road was fine but the many potholes slowed progress to 1st/2nd gear driving. We did not see anyone until arriving at Callaghan Lake where there were a couple of guys that looked like they were just getting up from camping overnight.
Low cloud hovered above the lake. The paddle was enjoyable with a slight tail wind.
At the Cirque Creek Outlet
The trail is easily found by hiking into the forest between the two creek channels. It is a gradual incline through nice forest for the first part. After a while you have to cross the smaller right tributary of the main creek, but this was easily jumped. The trail then gets steep before coming to a boulder field.
(The remaining pictures will be in the next message, due to the 10 picture limit)
On the way up the boulder field we started to hear lots of gun fire coming from back at the car campsite. It looks like the two chaps who stayed overnight had a gun fetish. Not only shot guns but some sort of automatic weapon as well! (several bangs per second).
The snow started at the top of the boulder field but it never got deep and the route was easy to follow. Close to the lake it was a bit slower going with another boulder field, this time with snow.
We got to a nice bluff about 20m above the lake and out came the stove to make some hot tea. The views were limited and it was a bit windy. Eventually the clouds lifted enough to get a view of the whole lake. Pics were snapped and we headed back down because it was cold. At the boulder field we could hear the gun fire again.
The weather started clearing up and the lake was glass for the paddle back. Fortunately the gunfire had stopped. Friendly Hi's were said to the guys at the lake, they seemed nice enough and not being the confrontational type I did not want to get into an argument about guns with them.
There will be a return trip this summer to check out more of the lakes higher up!