Another photo from trip to Sunrise lakes in in Yosemite. This was taken from the top of Clouds Rest in the morning. You can see Cathedral and Echo peaks basin. Clouds began forming in the region, suggesting expedited retreat to comfort of your campsite or car
This weekend we went to last backpacking trip to Sunrise lakes in Yosemite. The fall at high country has come with bright yellow colors and afternoon thunderstorms. We hiked to the upper lake on the first day, setup camp and then hiked to the ridge overlooking High Sierra Camp nearby. That’s when thunderstom started scaring the kids and forcing us to look for cover under trees. First patch of hail and rain were quickly but would return through out the evening.
Nothing beats hearing the yapping of a coyote at 6 am. Saturday morning was clear and warm we hiked to Clouds Rest reaching summit around 10:30 am, we were alone up there enjoying solitude, clear skies and amazing vistas. All of that has quickly changed however. As we started our descent more people were arriving to the summit and clouds moved in threating with immenent rain. It sprinkled lightly till afternoon allowing us to get back to camp and then skies open up with rain and hail. We decided to cut the trip one day short and hike out now instead of hiking out the next morning. We packed under light rain and reached the car by 5pm, kids were worn out completely.
One the way back we made obligatory stop by Olmstead point hoping for some sun, but clouds we were blanketing the area making it clear that fall has moved in Yosemite.
Lake Louise in Banff is over of popular destinations, there is big Las Veags style hotel at the edge of the lake with many shops inside. I’m guessing it’s open year around providing some great skiing in winter. Many trails begins from these shores and there few tea houses where hikers for hikers which is great idea. Lake is open for boat and kayaks which also can be rented but water is very, very cold. I was told there used to be glacier at the far edge around 10-15 years ago but it now long gone.
There is another shot made by someone else almost exactly from the same place but in different conditions.