Mount Crawford and Plaid Lake (sort of)

Yup – it was a day that didn’t quite turn out as planned – but then, what part of my life has turned out that way? It’s a mystery to me why I even plan anything at all any more.

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.

And I had time to do some good thinking today.

About goodyniosi

Writer, avid(!!!) hiker - living life to the fullest. Love, life, bliss - getting high on getting high (in the alpine that is)
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2 Responses to Mount Crawford and Plaid Lake (sort of)

  1. Butter's mom says:

    Some of those pictures look like postcards!

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