Canada/Alaska 2013– Day 1

Gary “The Cat”, Flemming, Renee, Daria, Stefan, and myself are currently on our Canadian Rockies and Hyder, Alaska 2013 trip.  On select days, I will be sharing with you some of the photographs and brief information about our hikes.  However, this trip is not hiking based, so there will be maybe 5-6 updates total, even though our trip is much longer.  Most of these hikes will be developed into Trip Reports and posted here on the site upon my return home.  But these blog updates will give you a brief overview.

Day 1– Plain of Six Glaciers (Lake Louise)

For our first hike of the trip, we did the Plain of Six Glaciers hike which starts at beautiful Lake Louise.  The standard hike goes to the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse, with a spur trail continuing on to a view of the Death Trap at the Abbot Pass viewpoint.  Along the way, there are excellent views down into the crevasses of the Lower Victoria Glacier.  Thanks to a friend, I got some information about another secret spur trail that goes up to the foot of Upper Victoria Glacier.  While we literally saw hundreds of people on the standard trail, we spent about 3 hours in total on the unofficial trail to Upper Victoria Glacier and only saw 2 other people the whole time.  It was fantastic.  The pictures below are taken from the secret trail.

View of the Death Trap from the unofficial Upper Victoria Glacier trail
View of the Death Trap from the unofficial Upper Victoria Glacier trail
View of Lake Louise from the edge of Upper Victoria Glacier
View of Lake Louise from the edge of Upper Victoria Glacier
This is the view of Upper Victoria Glacier which was right in front of us
This is the view of Upper Victoria Glacier which was right in front of us
The edge of the snowfield leading onto Upper Victoria Glacier
The edge of the snowfield leading onto Upper Victoria Glacier