This post starts at the top with the unobstructed vista of Hope, B.C. from the Lookout. It is quite a view - the reward for the 1 and a half hour hike to the top.
|Hope BC © Stephen Mullock|
It is possible to get to the lookout a lot faster. In fact, there is a statute near the parking lot indicating trail runner speeds between 23 and 29 minutes. I am impressed - this trail although only 2.4 kilometres in length has an average grade of 19.2% and an elevation gain of 480 metres. The conditioning of these trail running athletes must be remarkable. I would rate this trail as being of medium difficulty. Here is a site for hiking and travel directions to the parking lot and trail head.
The group I am with however have ages in the 50s and 60s and so we are taking our time enjoying the forest with frequent breaks for water and rest. I am wearing good hiking shoes and carry poles, water and a lunch to enjoy at the top.
The trail is well maintained and a number of benches are provided for the weary. I manage to find them all.
|Pika © Stephen Mullock|
As we near the lookout I hear a "whistling" from the scree above and see this little guy in amongst the rocks. Known as the "whistling hare" this small mammal, a Pika, had been sending a high pitched warning call out to other Pikas - humans are near. A very shy creature, I was pleased to get a few photographs before it dove back into the rocks and was gone.
As we returned I was reminded of the force of nature. This picture shows a recent windfall the tree roots splayed upward with ferns and earth still hanging from it.