High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.
Brewer Lakes - Purcell Larch glory
Spent a superb sunny sunday scampering up the 5.5 km trail to Brewer Lakes, southwest of Invermere. A beautiful crisp, chilly day on a trail that was busier than I have ever seen it. Typically, a nice fall day would see 1/2 dozen vehicles at the TH. This time the parking areas was so packed we could not turn around. The last 2 km of the 26 km FSR to the TH is quite rough so it was disturbing to see families in 2WD sedans trying to fight their way there. I suppose it's just another story of over-used trails in this Covid19 era.
It was a wonderful day anyways. The air was so clear, the trail in good shape apart from the two steep sections which were very iced over. The hike through the first two meadows on the way to the Brewer lakes was more beautiful than usual, what with so many larches in golden colour and the Brewer range of mountains all snow capped.
This is a Purcell gem, and fits our definition of "SSS Perfect" ... Short, Steep, Scenic! It's actually not very steep, rising 1750' from where we parked, but the climb is nice, steady and the scenic value is excellent.