This is a continuation of the post from last week where the hike stopped at the Portal Creek campground. I have been to Tonquin Valley, but only through the other entrance via the Astoria River Trail past Lake Edith Cavell. The hike will be passing over that trail at the end of the series.
Beyond the Portal Creek campground the trail continues upward to Maccarib Pass along the meandering Maccarib Creek to the north end of Amethyst Lake.
[18- Climbing to Maccarib Pass]
[19 -Looking back down the Portal Creek Valley]
[20- View toward Maccarib Pass - click to enlarge]
Maccarib is the Quinnipac Indian word for caribou, which can be seen in this area.
[21- Woodland Caribou – These animals are legally designated as threatened Canada-wide and in Alberta. They rely on lichen for food, which is found only in old-growth forests. These forests are now fragmented as they are rapidly being cut down. Also, caribou avoid forests within one kilometre of a road, wherever it is: mountains, foothills or the boreal forest. The Woodland Caribou face imminent extirpation if not protected. There is a herd of 100 animals in South Jasper ranging between Tonquin Valley and Maligne, but are declining in numbers.]
[22- Maccarib Pass - click to enlarge]
From the summit it is all downhill.
[23- Wildflowers near Maccarib Pass]
[24- Wildflowers near Maccarib Pass]
[25-Hikers headed toward Tonquin Valley, coming down from Maccarib Pass in July]
[26- Heading down from Maccarib Pass]
[27- First glimpse of the Ramparts heading down the Maccarib Creek Valley - click to enlarge]
[28- Hiking down Maccarib Creek Valley toward the Ramparts - click to enlarge]
[29- Hiking down Maccarib Creek Valley toward Ramparts - click to enlarge]
[30- Looking back towards Maccarib Pass]
The willow wetlands west of Maccarib Pass are infested with mosquitos, so roll down your sleeves and slip pants back on. DEET is recommended.
[31-Wetlands west of Maccarib Pass - click to enlarge]
[32-Ramparts from Maccarib Trail - click to enlarge]
[33- Mount Maccarib - click to enlarge]
[34 - Maccarib Creek and the Ramparts - click to enlarge]
Maccarib campground has eight tent sites, bear cables, tables and privy.
Sources: ParksCanada link for backpacking into the wilderness here .
Maccarib Place Name
Woodland Caribou here
Photo Credits: -brilang CC=nc-sa-flickr; -BinoCanada CC=nc-nd-flickr; -Feffel CC=nc-sa-flickr.