|The Main Lodge and the Unimog transport parked in front! Quiniscoe Mountain in the background!|
We booked to stay in the Cathedral Lakes Lodge. Chances are, you're encounter the lodge some way or other as the trek into this wilderness area is long, arduous and incredibly uphill. The lodge offers a campers shuttle service in their 1960's Unimog, along the 9 mile rough and ready
|Our lovely little room. Bathrooms are just down the hallway - and my photography skills |
to be able to capture the inside AND the view are somewhere else altogether - Mars perhaps?!
|So just to make sure you all know how fab my accommodation was - here's the photo of the view|
from our window!! - Sucks eh?!
|(L) Walking through the Larch (R) Big Ass views! - and I did actually mean the views - of, like, |
mountains and stuff - but DOES my bum look big in this???
|My favourite! - Ladyslipper Lake|
Our second day we picked the trail out to the Giant Cleft via Glacier Lake. Almost immediately leaving the shores of Lake Quiniscoe we had a hard uphill climb through the woods up to Glacier Lake. We followed the trail alongside it on a bit of a plateau before heading uphill again. The trail was sketchy since we were climbing up the side of the mountain but it was marked well enough by cairns - and really - it was pretty obviously which way 'uphill' was! Finally as we reached the rim the whole of the Cascade mountains welcomed us. It was jagged mountains as far as the eye could see - and not a speck of human existence apparent - it's times like this when you realise just how tiny we are in this big, beautiful world! We followed the rim trail along past Devil's Woodpile to Stone City where we took an 'out and back' detour to visit Smokey the Bear and the Giant Cleft. The cliff drops from these parts were dramatic and I'm reminded how little I like heights - I had quite the queasy tummy! The Giant Cleft is just that - a huge 'gap' in the rock, dropping hundreds of feet below. From here we headed on our homeward stretch - downhill to Ladyslipper lake. Except first up with had to traverse a horrible shale slope. Once down it was open trail across a plateau before heading down below the tree line and into the woods of larch trees. Contrary to our trail guide we reckoned this hike to be 14 km with around 2000ft of elevation.
|But then this wasn't exactly shabby either...On the rim looking down to Glacier Lake. |
You can see the trail we followed to the left side of the lake - it then disappeared
over that ridge and waaay down to the lodge.
|(L) Views from the rim (R) Chris and Smokey the Bear (that profile in the cliff in the top right of |
the photo in case you were struggling!)
This was a truly magical getaway. I really did feel like I was a million miles away, and yet I'm here in my own backyard!! How lucky we are to be in beautiful British Columbia?!