May 23, 2017
This is kinda my staple spring trip; been doing it for ~15 yrs now. Usually end of March / beginning of April, but this year has been something else and I went ~2 months later than usual.
Shoreline trail to LM8 is dry (and popular with cyclists). Creek under log bridge near LM8 flowing pretty good and mostly enclosed in snow. I expected snow higher up but drier than expected, just odd snow patch near Aylmer Pass/Lookout junction, and dry afterwards. I am quite sure though Aylmer Pass would still be snowbound; Aylmer itself was all white and totally not in shape. Very windy at lookout, but had it to myself and couldn't help myself but take another pano; this is kinda my sweet spot, almost made it for CT banner maybe next time
Seriously clouded over on the way back and started raining. Btw Minnewanka will be a ZOO this summer; there is already "Park and Ride" operational from Cascade Ponds, and huge lineup for Boat Cruise.