So – today: a good day. It went a bit like this: get up before 5 a.m. (still dark out!) and leave at 6 a.m. to get to the ferry at Balfour. Then, hop into the party truck (yes: Ron, Jan and Robin do know how to party – yee-haw and all that!) and drive almost to the trailhead. Hike steeply up a road for at least one kilometre (ugh) and then get on a rather nice trail that soon followed a ridge line to access Mount Crawford.
The day was gorgeous and we were de-layering pretty darn quick. Our views were excellent! Then – big decision time. Am I going to the top or on to Plaid Lake? Up or down? In my life so far that has never been a question. I go up. That’s the way it is. But maybe because of the last KMC hike I did – and maybe because Crawford looked pretty darn intimidating from my viewpoint and maybe because I didn’t have my two best hiking buds with me (who I trust implicitly to know me) I opted for down – sort of. P’nina suggested another ridge opposite us. Now that looked like fun.
So four of us went an entirely different way and crested a high ridge with brilliant views into the next valley. We had lunch on a gorgeous meadow and then went part of the way down to the lake. This, of course, meant a stiff up to the col and back down to the vehicles before heading back to the ferry.
It was a good hike. The scenery was pretty and again, very different from other places in the Koots. The variety here is astounding.