To celebrate the last day of summer and take advantage of the last few days without too much snow in the alpine, we decided to hike the Three Sisters Trail in Fernie. We were a pretty large group of 8, armed with many cans of bear spray, bear bangers, bells, flares and a shotgun, just in case a grizzly decided to get curious. Luckily we didn't have to use anything! We started up Hiko's Trail around 9:30 in the morning and it definitely did not feel like summer. Only when the trail suddenly started to rapidly gain elevation did the layers start coming off. About 30 minutes into the hike, we had already zig-zagged across a creek a few times and reached the top of a waterfall.
|Looking up the creek and waterfall|
|The mouth of the waterfall. Not sure where it is coming from!|
|The entrance to Bizaro Cave|
|Looking back down the Valley|
|Chilly way to end an awesome summer!|
We had lunch at the col before heading up the ridge. A grizzly had been digging in the area as there were big holes all over the place. None of the poo we saw looked to fresh which was a relief but we were all on bear patrol. As the day went on, clouds moved in over the top of the Three Sisters and a cold breeze picked up. We were all prepared for cold after seeing a bit of snow on the top the night before so that didn't stop us from carrying on up.
|500 m to go. Straight up!|
|Clouds moving in|
|The whole crew (minus Kyle the photographer)|
|Summit weather station. Kind of looks like it is ready to launch into space|
|Deteriorating weather at the summit|
|View from the ridge (Fernie is behind the mountain on the left). Island Lake is somewhere behind the mountain on the right|