Do you see the beautiful red color painting the trees? Those trees are already dead thanks to the mountain pine beetle infestation. This beetle has been present for over 10 years but exploded by 2004 and is now the largest insect epidemic in North America's history.
If you go to Manning Park, you will see less trees, they need to be cut to avoid the spread of the beetle and to reduce the risk of fire.
Being in Thunder Lake, I decided to do a short hike on Frosty Mountain Trail.
As you can see, the trail is, well, still "frosty". This is a trail that is really worth to do it in the fall
In my case I wanted to have a view of Thunder Lakes. This lake valley was carved out thousands of years ago when sediments from receding glaciers built up areas of the valley floor, choking off the meltwater to form the lakes.
Before leaving the area I had some fun looking ground squirrels -- chipmunks --. If unmolested they often become bold enough to accept food from the hands of humans. The temptation to pick up or pet any wild animal should be strictly avoided. While rabies is exceptionally rare, if non-existent, in rodents, chipmunk bites can transmit virulent and dangerous bacterial infections.
Then I finished my visit with a short walk on Beaver Pond. This easy, level walk is an excellent area for bird watching in May and June.
Although there has not been any beaver spotted in this area for several years the remains of an old beaver lodge are still visible.
This pond is a different environment from the surrounding forest, one created by the damming of a spring by beavers years ago.
The rising water drowned trees and shrubs but created an ideal environment for water loving plants and creatures.
Beaver Pond Trail - length 500 m; suggested time 15 minutes.
Round trip: 438.5 km (275 miles)