We had some friends visiting from back east so we thought a good bang-for-the-buck hike would be up Christmas Gulley to Mt. Strachan. As usual, a bit chilly in the Strachan/Black valley starting out at 900m elevation at 7:45. A few people on the trail towards Strachan Meadows but not crowded. We got to the little bridge at the meadows and there was some new signage.
and a sign on the bridge even, just incase you miss the sign on the tree:
Then there was excessive flagging and spray paint, some times every 2m, up to the pass. It was really ugly.
I can see the person who did this probably meant well but I thought he could have left his spray can at home.
Once we got to the pass the temps warmed up and we got up to Strachan and enjoyed the views. It was pleasantly warm up top with no wind and the distant peaks were visible.
Enchantment, Sheer and Mamquam in the clouds:
Crown, Grouse, etc.
Seed and Gillespie
Sorry out of focus but nice colors
We walked down the road and saw a bear scurry across the ski run half way down. Back at the ski area I couldn't believe all of the cars, the main parking lot was completely full and the lot 3A was even half full! I guess the pandemic hiking thing and the new mountain coaster are popular.