Day Tripping Mt Albert Edward – Sept 2 2020

This adventure was going to be a 3 day backpacking trip into Strathcona Park to spend a day sumiting Mt Albert Edward, though mother nature decided that on those particular 3 days that we needed a Summer Rain Storm…… To make a long story short, work got in the way of any other dates we looked at… So spontaneity kicked us into gear , to meet up with friends camping at Circlet Lake and summit Mt Albert Edward in one day…. 6.30am start, 35 km , 10 hours and 2093 meters or 6866 feet later….

With a misty start through the meadows, the silence was beautiful. Its not often that these trails are quiet. Making our way to meet Laurel & Niki at the Mt Albert Edward trail head which is 10 km in from the Raven Lodge.

Misty Start to the day through the meadows
Paradise Meadows
Ranger’s Cabin
Skies are getting brighter
Glimpse of the mountain
Niki, Susan and Laurel at the trail head to Albert Edward

So now the climb really begins steep, rooty and rocky with some mud thrown in for good measure. Didn’t take long until we got views of Circlet Lake ( a great camp site) , Moat Lake and the surrounding mountains. We could see the Salish Sea in the distance as well. Our morning was sunny with some clouds and a nice mountain breeze to cool us down. We climbed through the forest then out to the moonscape of the mountain.

Beauty views of Circlet Lake
Castle Craig and Mt Frink
Moat Lake
Alpine Meadows
Destination… Mt Albert Edward
Mt Albert Edward & Jutland Mountain
Heading up along the steps
Up and more Up
First snow patch
A push to the summit

Summit and 360 views of the Coastal Mountains and beyond. Eating lunch and of course taking snaps we said a see you later to Laurel & Niki and started our descent out and back to the Raven Lodge. Sure it was a slog of a day and nope, wouldn’t change any minute of this fabulous adventure. Thanks for saying yes Susan!

Golden Hinde – Largest Mountain on Vancouver Island … Next year???
View from the summit
Sharing the joy of the Summit
Dynamic Duo
Yes 50 something is a great decade!
Happy to make this adventure happen
Ocean Views
Mother Nature’s stair master!
Moat Lake
My favorite rock cairn
Tarn Reflections
Board Walk in the meadows
Yes, we were on that pointy peak 3 hours ago
Shoe fix with a view

Well I hope this post inspires you to get out of your comfort zone a little , and this is different for all of us! We live in such a beautiful place and I am so grateful everyday that I am able to share these moments with you – Thanks for taking the time out of your day to take a look!!!

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