Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots (Saturday, December 07, 2019)
Distance: About 11k
Duration: About 5 hours
Elevation gain: 320m (1050 feet)
It was suppose to be Crystal Ridge but when your teen can't get out of the bed early, then you end up doing a moderate Winter hiking through Johnston Canyon to See Frozen Waterfalls and the Ink Pots! Johnston Canyon is actually a very popular and busy hike in Banff National Park, but as soon as we made the turn towards the Ink Pots we saw very few hikers on the trailhead. It was nice to listen the snow falling and even a woodpecker pecking nearby.
In winter, snow and ice transform the canyon, creating a gorgeous Narnia-like winter wonderland. So pretty! The 5.9 KM (3¾ mile one-way) hike to the Ink Pots passed through the blue colored frozen Lower Falls and Upper Falls. So beautiful! There we had lunch and appreciate the views.
On the way back, we also made a stop at the 'secret' but not so secret caves. We crawled behind frozen waterfalls, explored the hidden cave, and made good memories! But all with pretty good microspikes on!! Grateful for a lovely day spent with my boy today! After a day hiking a nice soaking in the hot springs to end up our day together!
Photos from my iPhone today...
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Rummel Ridge - Monday, December 02, 2019
Distance: About 8k
Hiking time: 6hrs
Summit Elevation: 2,456m (8,057.74)
Elevation Gain: 643m (2,109.60 ft)
Totally stoaked to have an awesome Mountain friend to hike with on a Monday day off. There were a few ideas on where to go, but the decision to hike up Rummel Ridge turned out to be great!
Winter is totally upon us, so we strapped on snowshoes and headed to the trail which was actually groomed and packed. The silence was incredible and the air fresh and clean with the scent of falling snow. There was almost no wind all way up to and the sun smiled at us at the summit for fun photos! Unfortunately my memory card was broken and I was unable to take my own pictures... glad Mike took lots of good ones!
After some quick research, I found out that the lake and the ridge is named after Elizabeth “Lizzie” Rummel. Born in Germany, Lizzie came to Canada as a result of the Second World War. And in 1980, she was awarded the Order of Canada for “sharing her deep love of the Rocky Mountains with all who met her.” Pretty coo, right?!
Grateful for amazing and knowledgeable Mountain friend! Grateful for a beautiful sunny day outdoors! Thanks Mike for the lovely photos and lots of good laughs!!
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