Passing Castle Mountain on the way up to Lake Louise. We would come back here in a week's time to hike to Rockbound Lake behind the mountain.
Arriving at Lake Louise, we got a good view of the Saddleback with its larches in full color. The trail goes up the valley to the rocky plateau right in front of the glacier in the middle. Actually, that glacier is quite a bit further than it appears in this photo.
Well up into the "saddle" now, the larches are essentially at peak color.
Getting close to the top now, these old growth trees are probably hundreds of years old. Their growing season is quite short. This spot is one of my favorite on the trail.
Up near the top of the saddle.
At the top of Saddleback looking through the larches at the mountains on the opposite side of the valley.
Heading back down through some of the old growth trees.
About 15 minutes from the trailhead, you pass Rock Isle Lake, one of the prettiest small lakes you will find anywhere in the Rockies, especially in the fall with the larches in color as they are here. It was a spectacular day!
Rock Isle Lake with the larches if full color.
Neat formations in the ice on a puddle along the trail.
Colors in the ice much like a rainbow.
Crossing over a highpoint, we enter another valley with a number of small ponds, all with a layer of ice on them. Actually, the trail was quite slippery, covered in a light layer of ice from the rain and snow of a couple days earlier.
One of the pretty ponds along the trail.
The small pond between Simpson's Pass and Healy Pass.
One spectacular sight after another.
Another pond in the upper meadow.
On the last hillside climbing up to Healy Pass looking over the meadow we just crossed. The Ramparts are on the right and The Monarch (mountain) in the distance.
Scarab Lake (top) and Egypt Lake (bottom) in the mountains in the distance, taken from Healy Pass. There is a large back-country campground at Egypt Lake. Scarab Peak is behind Scarab Lake and Pharaoh Peak is to the right.
A panorama from our lunch spot up on the Ramparts, overlooking the valley that we came across from Simpson's Pass.
Mt. Assiniboine peaks above the others in the distance. It is the tallest in the lower Canadian Rockies.
This is where we had lunch, up on the end section of The Ramparts.
Going back down over Healy Creek.
Healy Creek tumbles over rocks past colorful larches.
Arriving at the Valley of the Ten Peaks, six of the peaks are visible from the road as we approach.
Moraine Lake, early in the day before the canoe rental opened, is beautifully quiet.
Another view of the first meadow in Larch Valley.
From the first meadow, looking toward Eiffel Peak on the right. We took a little known trail up the ridge in the center of the picture that we refer to as "Eiffel Ridge".
Entering the second meadow in Larch Valley.
The larches of the second meadow of Larch Valley.
In the second meadow of Larch Valley.
As we started up the unofficial trail to "Eiffel Ridge", we encountered this beautiful creek tumbling down boulders and surrounded by larches.
Part-way up "Eiffel Ridge", Sentinel Pass and the upper part of Larch Valley are visible through the trees.
Hiking on a carpet of larch needles.
A panorama from the "Eiffel Ridge" trail looking towards Sentinel Pass.
Near the top of the ridge and the tree line, looking over the upper part of Larch Valley with mountains Eiffel, Pinnacle and Temple (left to right).
On the "Eiffel Ridge" trail with Eiffel Peak on the right.
From the top of the Ridge, looking down the other side into the Valley of the Ten Peaks and Wenkchemna Pass. Eiffel Lake sits just out of sight below the pass.
Essentially at the top of "Eiffel Ridge" above the tree line and before it transitions into the steep mountainside.
An Inuksuk near the top of "Eiffel Ridge".
Ginny and Pierre with Eiffel Peak in the background.
In the upper part of Larch Valley with Eiffel Peak straight ahead. "Eiffel Ridge" which we were just on is visible on the left between the yellow larches and the mountains in the distance.
The upper part of "Eiffel Ridge" where we just were is visible behind the larches. We went up to where the slope changes into the side of the mountain.
At the trailhead, Commonwealth Peak is reflected in Mud Lake.
Jumping ahead to the upper valley, and starting to hike amongst the larches, the mountains visible are Mt. Birdwood, Pigs Tail and Commonwealth Peak.
On top of Burstall Pass, looking down the upper valley. Mountains, L to R, are Birdwood, Pigs Tail, Commonwealth, Gusty Peak, The Fortress and Chester.