It is hard now to pick a day with good weather, especially after all that sunshine prior to the weekend. Regardless Bev and I met for our first hike south of the border in Sumas, Wash.around 9 am carpooled to the trailhead, which is just the next one after the road up to Yellow Aster Bute.
The Drive in was Scenic, the Maples along the Highway are really showing off.
Hoping for sunshine, we hit trail around 10:20 A.M. with a few drops of drizzle.
Many switchbacks all the way up, apparently there are 17 of them and I did not count.
It did not seem that cold on hoofing it up there, wet snow was falling which turned to hail and this was around at the 1200 meter level. We arrived at the meadows, and the autumn beauty really started to show itself, despite the lack of sun. Plenty of wild blueberries to eat too, and delicious.
The snow started to pick up in intensity, was getting chilly, a little hungry and the ground was starting to turn white. Lots of berries on the blueberry bushes and the mountain ash, added to the colour... snow was sticking around the 1450 meter level.
With elevation gain, it got colder and snowier. It was positively winter, and I called we should turn around and head back.
We took a stop, and look who greated us. A white person wearing a hat and cape. He got too warm, so undressed he attracted the attention of his buddy who was wearing a tophat.
We bade our farewell, and trusted he would stay behind and enjoy the winter weather to come.
We were heading down the trail towards 1450 meter level, surprise the snow stopped and the sun came out. I was considering on whether to turn back, Bev suggested a good view to be had if we returned back up.... after a minute, yes lets head up... and got some more good shots.
Following are from the Kodak Digital point and shoot.
Got a little carried away, and hope you do not mind...just a splendid show of colour.
After puttering around the trail and area, we headed back down at a rapid pace back to the vehicle and headed out, just then the rain poured, Which we had missed.
Stats almost 1000 meter elevatin gain over 15 km round trip, no summit, but lots of good pictures. Thanks to Bev for introducing me to a great trail and a the photo ops delights. Will post a few pics from Bev latter on... Enjoy.