The ride was only 12 km and it was fun to ride our bikes all the way to the base of Takakkaw Falls! Usually, this exact spot will receive 100's if not 1000's of visitors every day in summer. We just rode our bikes straight up the pedestrian pathway and got to be some of the first visitors of the year!! I was giggling thinking of all the people that are usually on this path as I road my bike.
The road ride was a pleasure. We could hop off our bikes to check out the views and take joy in riding on the wrong side of the road! There were massive mounds of Grizzly Bear shit to slalom through. The road has been closed since September, so if a bear shat on the road way back in September its' scat was still around for us to enjoy on this June day!
There was a LOT of bear shit. We laughed at the idea of possibly having a bike crash because of a bear-shit-skid. Sorry, no photos of the massive dumps that Grizzlies take. Maybe it was Sasquatch shit??
We also saw a lot of marmots! Big, fat marmots with their high pitched whistles. We had definitely disturbed their little Marmot world that had been quiet for the last few months. They weren't shy either.....
Skinny White Boys
The bike ride didn't take long and we soon ditched the bikes to enjoy the great trail up the Little Yoho Valley. The river was raging and soon I had christened the run/ride: "Le Tour de Water Falls." When we passed the first sign to Point Lace Falls, the boys looked at me funny when we sailed past the turn-off. I told them, "Don't worry, there will be other water falls!" and there were! Case in point - Mike and Miles checking out an un-named falls:
Then there were more......
After enjoying some cruisy single track with great river views, the trail jumped back into the forest and began climbing towards Yoho Glacier. This time last year, the snow was quite deep in this forest section and I had to deal with some serious post-holing and mud. This time, we just had a few snow patches and some winter deadfall. No problemo!
When you pop out of the forest, this is the view that greets you! Some fantastic high alpine glacier geology, with the layers of rocks sort of looking like an ocean frozen in time. I don't know anything about glaciology and geology, but this place certainly feels ancient and is beautiful.
The out and back towards Yoho Glacier is awesome.....but you don't get to see the Glacier! You have to climb higher up towards the Iceline Trail to see it in all its' glory. We will have to save that one for a later day in summer once the snow melts. Anyhow, after visiting Yoho Glacier I realized that a longer trip was going to be possible because the snowpack that I was expecting, just wasn't there! Yay! We got to enjoy the trail up to Twin Falls and the Twin Falls Chalet, before returning on the Marpole Connector, through an un-named boulder field. Fun-fun-fun.
Le Tour de Waterfalls - Twin Falls
Le Tour de Goofball - Leslie
Mike rockin' the boulder fieldIn the end we ended up running a fantastic 26km and having a great day. No rain, no post-holing and no bears! Wooohooo! I can't wait until next weekend, the campground at Takakkaw Falls is opening and I plan on being there for summer solistice!