Red Rock Canyon, Waterton National Park...on the way to the Tamarack Trail.
Hope everyone is having a great summer.
Just came back from Waterton Lakes National Park where I hiked the breathtaking Tamarack Trail with my friend Khalid.
|The Snowshoe Trail Head. By the way, the entire trail was asphalt surfaced. Just kidding. The objective on the first day was to hike 8.5 km along Bauerman Creek to Snowshoe campground.|
|The first day was an easy, relaxing walk in the forest. The relatively flat trail was actually an old forestry fire road. Twin tracks! So, we were able to spend most of the time engaged in lively discussion over world affairs...how cultured...|
A lot of people find forest hikes boring. I really don't understand why. Lots of beautiful flora and fauna around to keep us photographers happy. Especially these pretty pink flowers. If you're really lucky you might have a random encounter with a bear!! Wouldn't that be grand?
|Rather bizarre looking fluffy plants... photo courtesy of Khalid|
|Sacrificing life and limb...(Photo courtesy of Khalid)|
|...for a pic of these puff ball-like fungi!!|
|Pretty butterfly/moth...(Photo courtesy of Khalid)|
Pretty yellow flower...
|Occasionally, there were pretty waterfalls along the way...|
|...and glimpses of spectacular crags.|
After a 4.5 hour stroll, we reached the Snowshoe campground.
The Nuts and Bolts of the Tamarack Trail...
Source: Parks Canada
The Tamarack Trail is actually a combination of three trails: Twin Lakes/Kootenay Pass to the north and Rowe Lakes to the south.
We decided to walk the "loop" counterclockwise: beginning at Red Rock Canyon (refer to A on the above map), camping at the Snowshoe (B) and Lone Lake (C), and finishing at the Rowe Lakes parking lot beside the Akamina Highway.