After two weeks of non-stop work I decided to give me nice gift. This time my objective was Brimful Lake. This lake is located on the north side of Stein Valley Park. It was my first time on the area so I wasn't very sure in how to reach the lake. The road has been deactivated and extreme caution was recommended.
Well, the road is a real nightmare (specially the first three kilometres), we crossed five major slides (this one was the less difficult).
For the worst slide basically I put the 4Runner against the slide and then I let the car slipped on the other side of the road.There are some deep water bars, but I got a couple that gave me a hard time to cross. After 10 kilometres, the road was more friendly and some flowers were lying on it.
Many years ago this place was heavily forested and used it for feeding cattle.
After 28 km we reached the end of the road, I already passed the turnoff (5 km before) for Brimful Lake but I knew that time was not on our side (We arrived at 1:00 p.m. after a 5 hours-drive). We decided to spend the rest of the afternoon on Texas Creek Trail.
Our hike started at 1722 msn, the trail is not very steep but enough steep to take a breath from you. Very soon, we reached the alpine.
At 2000 msn (and as usual on early July) we found snow on the trail. I knew that around this area is an unmarked trail that only very experienced hikers are able to follow. The unmarked trail leads to Devils Lake. I turn on the GPS and we went uphill. I don't trust GPS's a lot, but as a navigational aid they are really useful, at least I don't have to leave marks everywhere.
Once on the top of the mountain we got more views of the Coast Mountains.
A still frozen pool was next to us, marmots were everywhere and I presume that this little pool is the responsible for their abundance.
So, we keep going, and for my surprise we saw Devils Lake. For a second I tough to go down but distances can be deceiving.
So, we stayed around the meadows and the alpine
I know that close to this area and on the highest elevations, fossils of ancient sea creatures have been found, proof that this area was part of an ancient inundated land.
Marmots, marmots whistling everywhere. By the way, do you know that the name of Whistler is in honour of the many whistling marmots on its slopes?