Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Two Hikes

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Two guided hikes today – one to Divers & Rossiter Lakes, which were added to Strathcona Park in 2003; and one around the Lake Helen Mackenzie loop. The weather was perfect for hiking – not too hot & not too cold.

The Divers group enjoyed seeing an area that most people don’t get to, since there are no official trails yet into that area. Divers Lake was named after loons seen in the lake, while Rossiter Lake was named for Len Rossiter, who had a long-time connection to the Park.
Piggott Creek which flows out of Lake Helen Mackenzie

‘Old Man of the Meadows’

The Helen Mackenzie group enjoyed scenery (ponds, lakes & meadows; views of Mt. Washington, Mt. Jutland & Mt. Regan), wildlife (juncos, red squirrels, beaver dam), flowers (king gentian, cottongrass, great burnet) and other plants (lipstick cladonia lichen, amazing gnarly old trees). There is one more guided hike next Sunday Sept. 5, and then a couple of Art & Nature Walks.

View down to the meadows

Lipstick cladonia (Cladonia macilenta)

A Red Diamond extendable hiking pole was left at the door of the Wilderness Centre, possibly from one of the above groups.

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