This is a continuation of the post from last week where the hike stopped at the Surprise Point campground.
Today’s hike of 3.8 km goes south to Outpost Lake where the Wates-Gibson hut is run by the Alpine Club of Canada.
The trail from Surprise Point campground to Chrome Lake is a hike downhill on rocky footing. There will be a lot of mosquitos, so wear your bug hat, jacket, gloves, trousers and bug repellant.
[1-Trail south to Chrome Lake, at mid photo, and the Eremite Valley]
[2-Eremite Valley and Chrome Lake just visible in the centre of photo]
[3-Nearing Chrome Lake]
[4- Chrome Lake]
[5- Chrome Lake]
[6 - Mountain stream feeding Chrome Lake in the Eremite Valley]
[7- Eremite Valley - click to enlarge]
Once past Chrome Lake the trail will reach a junction with Eremite Valley trail and the Astoria River Trail. The trail continues on the left to Arrowhead Lake and the head of the Eremite Valley.
[8 - Peak in Eremite Valley]
[9- Eremite Glacier on Mt. Eremite]
[10- Eremite Valley - click to enlarge]
[11- Spruce Grouse on trail in Eremite Valley - click to enlarge]
Animals to be found in the Eremite valley are porcupines
[14-Eremite Valley near Wates-Gibson hut]
[15- Creek near Outpost Lake]
The Wates-Gibson Memorial hut is another steep kilometre up the trail and set back from the shore of Outpost Lake.
[16- Outpost Lake - click to enlarge]
The Wates-Gibson Memorial hut was built in 1959. This Class “A” hut is a large and well-equipped log cabin is a perfect destination in summer or winter. There is a 30 person limit in the summer and 24 in the winter. Booking is required and fees apply. Reservations can be made up to three months in advance.
From the Wates-Gibson hut hikers can go west over the continental divide south of McDonnell Peak and Simon Peak to get a glimpse of wilderness considerably more remote and wild. There are also a number of excellent alpine and rock and mixed routes in the area including scrambles and hiking opportunities for everyone.
Wates-Gibson Memorial Hut – Alpine Club of Canada
Photo Credits: -brilang CC=nc-sa-flickr, -Tiffany Schimmens CC-nc-sa-flickr, -kielas CC-nc-nd-flickr, -priya biswas CC=nc-sa-flickr.
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