|Autumn Splendor at Gibbon Pass|
We always set aside at least one day near the end of September to take a hike in Banff to see the golden larches and this year was no exception. Except, we decided to do a three day backcountry trip instead and go in search of "hidden" larch trees a little more off the beaten path. It was a total success and we only met one other couple the entire time we were hiking in our magical meadow high above Shadow Lake.
|Climbing up to Gibbon Pass|
This Year's Larch Hike - Gibbon Pass
We started our incredible hike to Gibbon Pass last Saturday from our backcountry home for the weekend at Shadow Lake Lodge. We'd hiked in to the lodge Friday on the Red Earth Creek Trail, and planned to hike out again on Sunday. This left us all of Saturday to explore the meadows above the lodge.
|Hiking across open meadows to Gibbon Pass|
We knew it would be a bit of a climb to reach Gibbon Pass with 500 metres of height gain from our lodge spread out over about 3km. Noah surprised us through and was a strong little hiker the whole time. He ran up the switch-backed trail and it took us less than 2 hours to reach the pass.
|Gibbon Pass at 7500 FT, High Above Shadow Lake|
Deciding to go Climb A Mountain!
We easily could have stopped at Gibbon Pass and called it a day. Noah was bordering on being tired and we still had to hike back down the 500 metres to the lodge which would take another hour. However, we looked up and thought, hmmm, what if we went just a little bit higher...
|On our way up Copper Mountain|