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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-13-2016, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Default Yellow Aster Butte Sept 29, 2016

After doing Larrabee the day before and spending another night up at Twin Lakes, we woke up to a layer of frost ontop of everything. We slowly made breakfast and packed everything up and started driving down to park at the Yellow Aster Butte/ Tomyhoi trailhead. It was already fairly busy when we parked and started hiking at around 8:45am. Long , steep switchbacks, on trails like this made for easy travel.

Eventually we reached the part in the trail where you go right to head up the Yellow Aster Butte, or left and drop down to the tarns and head for Tomyhoi. Our main objective was Tomyhoi so we dropped down and made our way past the tarns and had a lunch break just over 2hrs after starting. It was after the break that Caren said that she wasn't feeling that well. She hasn't done any back to back trips and he quads were pretty much at their limit already. So no sense in pushing her to the point of not being able to get back down so we gladly turned around and made our way back up tot he main trail from the tarns.

I told her that the Yellow Aster Butte wasn't too hard and we were already at the base of it, so we figured why not go to the top of that one instead, so up we went. For such a busy, popular trail you'd think they could have made a few switchbacks up it, but instead it's basically straight up.

Lots of people wandering around on the top of the first summit, the trail then drops abit and cuts across the side heading for the higher one.

Not before long we are ontop with a few other Canadians.

On the way back it was insanely busy, with people still coming up later in the day, and lots of people heading down, when we arrived at the parking lot cars were everywhere! It's a popular hike for a very good reason.

Another good back to back day in the mountains
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-14-2016, 01:29 PM
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Nice views, probably won't get those again for a while. My only time up there was on a Wednesday in October a few years ago and there were also quite a few other people, I was surprised. It sure is a nice area.
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God Damnit! Looks like you scored the last nice weather this year.

Love it up there.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 10-19-2016, 09:26 PM
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Thanks Spectrum, great report, enjoyable read, and some really fine pictures.

Nice reminder of how beautiful it is in that area.


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post #5 of (permalink) Old 11-19-2016, 10:30 AM
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YAB! I have nothing but fond memories of hiking up there when I lived in the lower mainland more than three decades ago. Thanks so much for the report.
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post #6 of (permalink) Old 11-19-2016, 01:20 PM
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Really enjoyed your TR and the good descriptions you provided. We finally got back to the Baker area in september but unlike you folks we had only one 1/2 day of good weather during our five days there. Yellow Aster butte is not quite the same in rain, fog and wind ... so I'll use your TR pics as a proxy for all the great shots we missed. many thx


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