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