A panorama across the upper meadow. Chester Lake sits in the cirque, or bowl in the center of the picture, below the surrounding mountains.
Wildflowers were beautifully in bloom. Lots of Indian Paintbrush and asters in this view.
Pretty water falls coming down from the first tarn above Chester Lake.
A friendly marmot posing for us.
A big grizzly was digging for food near the lake as we came back down. There was a large crowd of people watching him and some were not being careful of this potentially dangerous creature. The park wardens closed the area the next day for about a week after this bear or possibly another one charged someone who got a little too close.
The hike starts from Moraine Lake....here by the canoe rental, one of our favorite views of the lake.
Up on the trail with several of the Ten Peaks across the valley. Wildflowers were in full bloom, here mostly fireweed.
Beautiful wildflowers along the mountainsides included fireweed and cinquefoil.
Approaching Eiffel Lake with Wenkchemna Pass in the background. Wildflowers here include the purple Lyall's Beardtongue.
We stopped here for lunch overlooking Eiffel Lake and 8? of the Ten Peaks. This is one of my favorite views in the park.
We were visited by a little pack rat, about the size of a large mouse. Must be a tough life for this little guy up here in the mountains.
Colorful wildflowers along the trail including the purple Lyall's Beardtongue. Their growing season is quite short and most bloom only from early July to mid-August!
Looking down on Moraine Lake from the trail some 400 meters above. The color of the lake comes from glacial melt which contains ground up rocks. This is one of my favorite pictures of the trip.
Our trailhead was at the Upper Kananaskis Lake, a manmade lake created in Kananaskis Provincial Park.
Momma Moose and her baby which we saw in a marshy area on our way in to the trailhead
We saw momma moose and her baby again on the way out.....at least we assume it is the same pair as they were near the same area and mother and baby look similar.
Sunset back at the condo that night was beautifully colored.
A panorama from the top of the lower section of the mountain showing the valley behind the mountain. This was our view from our lunch spot.
On top of the face of Yamnuska. We had lunch here.
A spruce grouse along the trail alerted us to its presence with "clucking", not unlike a chicken.
Brown-eyed Susans or Gaillardia
Starting up the steep section on the way to the ridge, just right of center, above. The Windtower mountain is to the left. Our condo complex is named for this mountain.
Fleabane and Indian Paintbrush along the trail on the way up one of the steep sections.