A group of vistors from Germany & Luxembourg yesterday had a great hike in the Park under rainy skies, but were well equipped & cheerful even when they finished! They had survived the flooding in Alberta when their campsite at Banff had to be evacuated, so a bit of west coast rain was no problem.
I had a chance to check out flowers around the meadows: new blooms include three-leaved goldthread, deer-cabbage, mountain arnica, common butterwort & Drummond’s cinquefoil.
The display of pink flowers – shootingstar, mountain-heather & bog-laurel – in the meadows is amazing right now.
There was also an extremely fragrant scent all through the meadows – not sure if that is due to the bog-orchids, which seem huge this year.
Trail reports as of June 25: the trails are clear around the Helen Mackenzie loop; some snow around the Kwai Lake loop but the trail can be found; snow covered past Kwai Lake, with no trail sign visible. The bridge at Murray Meadows is broken but there is a detour around the wet area. There is still some piles of gravel (with snow underneath) in the Paradise Meadows trailhead parking lot.