What to do when the backcountry is still snowed in? Hike up a few valleys and avoid the mountain passes.
|downside: dusty, dirty digits|
A pretty double waterfall past Mokowanis Lake camp is the official end of the trail, but we saw another alpine lake hiding behind it on the map.
TRAIL BETA to MARGARET LAKE: at the base of the lower waterfall, continue on a herd path to the left of the falls. Follow the creek bed past the cascades. Keep the creek on your right as you walk up it, even though a large cairn is on the other side.
|drying out the boots and gaiters|
|margaret lake panorama|
|losing their winter coats. kind of scruffy... like dave!|
|minimizing trail grossness|
|"hmmm not bad"|
|uhhhh that looks cold|
|this photo intentionally vague to protect my modesty but included here as PROOF that i voluntarily went in the water|
|more alpine pretty|
|chocolate covered raisins, yoghurt covered pretzels, peanut butter covered bugs|
|elizabeth lake panorama|
We decided to beat the heat with an early start the next morning. The hike ends with a 700 foot climb on a moderate, switchbacked trail - totally fine by our standards - but certainly more pleasant in the cool of morning.
|belly river ranger station|
|this actually works here!|
|cooking at cosley lake|