Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Still Winter in the Hills

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Hiker & photographer Tim Penney sent an update of conditions at Paradise Meadows & the Plateau in Strathcona Park. Looks like lots of recent snow up there!

“It is definitely spring in town, but still quite like winter in the mountains.

South End of Battleship Lake

South End of Battleship Lake

Last Sunday a couple of us did a crossover trip to Mount Elma. We didn’t use snowshoes or crampons, but there was certainly lots of snow on the ridge up to the plateau and also across the top. The still deep snow on the west side made for an easy descent down to the summer trail that we followed around Lake Helen Mackenzie and then back to the Raven Lodge.

Moat Lake from Lunch Break Viewpoint

Moat Lake from Lunch Break Viewpoint

On Tuesday we headed out to Ball Lake, again without snowshoes or crampons, but this time in quite a lot of fresh snow. The trees were well covered and we saw no other footprints beyond the turnoff to Lake Helen Mackenzie. Battleship Lake is still ice covered, but rather thin around the edges. Lady Lake looks solid enough but we didn’t venture out onto the ice. Instead we followed the trail around the east side of the lake and kept to the summer trail route up to Croteau Lake, also looking quite well frozen.

The Meadows on Tuesday

The Meadows on Tuesday

Lots of snow in the gully down toward Ball Lake and on to the lake. We didn’t stop for long as it was starting to blow and snow. We returned to Lady Lake on the lower trail and then returned to the Raven Lodge on our outward track.”

Croteau Lake with Frink & Albert Edward

Croteau Lake with Frink & Albert Edward


Thanks Tim for the update! More photos can be seen here.

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