Monday, September 22, 2014

Sea to Sky Gondola and the Skyline Ridge Trail

This past spring a new Gondola opened in Squamish. It takes people up to 2,905 feet into some spectacular scenery and formerly inaccessible terrain. With it being the last official summer weekend with outstanding weather - it was our Sunday destination.
After cruising at a good pace along dirt roads the trail started to climb and the path narrowed. We followed the Skyline Ridge Trail which took us quite high into the alpine.
That's the town of Squamish below. We were getting really up there.
The views were amazing. We stood directly across from this rocky beast. Mount Habrich which is at 5,879 feet.
That's Kirsty, myself and Rachel. Neil was out numbered 3:1 on this outing. ;-)
Sky Pilot (6,663 feet) and Co Pilot (6,171 feet) appeared after some significant climbing. The trails were freshly cut in sections making it very pleasant to travel on.
One of Kirsty's Panoramic Views!
A little closer to Sky Pilot and Co Pilot.
The trail travels by several very peaceful alpine lakes.
Along the journey we saw some large bear scat and fresh paw prints in the soil. It was bear country!
We turned around after about 3 hours of climbing. Our purpose for the day was to check out the area that the new gondola has opened up. Another photo opportunity of the views before descending.
What a great day out! 5 hours 15 minutes total return trip back to the Gondola.The weather was so warm for being late in September. Fall officially begins tonight so that may have been one of the last outings of the summer. This area will be so great for winter activities such as snow shoeing. We are going to purchase winter passes for the Gondola so we can enjoy the back country this winter. There is a whole new playground that is now accessible  ;-)

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