Stanley Glacier Trail (615 m elev. gain)

Stanley Glacier

Kona cooling off at high point of Stanley Glacier trail loop at end of July.

Stanley Glacier

View of Mt. Whymper, a nice scramble peak, across the Vermilion River Valley. (Edward Whymper made the ill-fated first ascent of the Matterhorn and wrote the classic “Scrambles Amongst the Alps”.)

Stanley Glacier

Close-up of lower Stanley Glacier.

Mt. Whymper Mt. Stanley

View of North Face of Mt. Stanley and glacier from Mt. Whymper across the Vermilion River valley in 2004.

View down to clump of trees at high point of Stanley Glacier trail from summit of Stanley 15 years earlier.

Stanley Glacier

Waterfall along trail.

Stanley Glacier

Fringed Grass-of-Parnassus along Stanley Glacier trail.

Stanley Glacier

Tall White Bog Orchid / Fragrant White Orchid along trail.

Stanley Glacier

Twinflower (maybe) along the trail.

Stanley Glacier

White Camas / Mountain Death Camas along trail.

Stanley Glacier

Pearly Everlasting along trail.

Stanley Glacier

Spotted Saxifrage along trail.

Stanley Glacier

Shrubby Cinquefoil along trail.

Stanley Glacier

Common Pink Wintergreen (maybe) along trail.

Stanley Glacier

Yellow Columbine along trail.

Stanley Glacier

Type of Paintbrush (maybe) along trail.

Stanley Glacier

White Dryad / White Mountain Avens along trail.

Stanley Glacier

Common Yarrow / Milfoil along trail.

Stanley Glacier

Bunchberry / Dwarf Dogwood (maybe) along trail.

Stanley Glacier

Common Fireweed growing in the burn area along the trail.

Stanley Glacier

Yellow Hedysarum, a favourite of Grizzly bears, along the trail.

Stanley Glacier

Birchleaf Spiraea / White Meadowsweet along the trail.

Stanley Glacier

Tall Purple Fleabane / Mountain Erigeron along the trail.

Stanley Glacier

Bracted Lousewort / Woody Betony along the trail.

Stanley Glacier

Golden Fleabane along the trail.

Mt. Carthew (1,100 m elev. gain)

Mt. Carthew

Kona (10 years) on Mt. Carthew in late-July with one of the three Carthew lakes and Mt. Alderson behind.

Mt. Carthew

View back down to starting point at Cameron Lake from near summit.

Mt. Carthew

View of ridge to summit (at right) from near high point of Carthew Lakes hiking trail.

Mt. Carthew

Cas (3 years) cooling off on way up Carthew.

Mt. Carthew

Sandberg’s Wild Parsley (confirmed by Alberta Native Wildflowers FB Group) on Carthew ridge.

Mt. Carthew

Alpine Cinquefoil on summit ridge, Cameron Lake and parking lot below.

Mt. Carthew

Sky Pilot / Skunkweed on Carthew ridge. Cameron Lake and trailhead below.

Mt. Carthew

Mix of blue Alpine Forget-Me-Not, yellow Cinquefoil of some type, and white Alpine Sandwort / Twinflower Stitchwort (per Alberta Native Wildflowers FB Group).

Mt. Carthew

Silver-leafed Scorpionweed on Carthew Lakes trail.

Mt. Carthew

Cow Parsnip along Carthew Lakes trail.

Mt. Carthew

Umbrella Plant / Wild Buckwheat (confirmed by Alberta Native Wildflowers FB group) on Carthew Lakes trail south-facing scree slope.

Mt. Carthew

Beargrass along Carthew trail in the 2017 Waterton Forest Fire burn.

Mt. Carthew

Birchleaf Spirea on trail above Cameron Lake.

Mt. Carthew

Red Monkey Flower on wet trail above Cameron Lake.

Mt. St. Piran (900 m elev. gain)

St. Piran

Kona finding a cool spot 8:30 am in late July on Mt. St. Piran slopes, Mt. Lefroy behind, with The Mitre left of centre.

St. Piran

View of Lake Louise with the Beehive lookout at upper left.

Lake Agnes

View of Lipalian and Unity peaks (Kona was on them a few days ago) beyond Lake Agnes after doing the traverse of St. Piran, descending via the Piran / Niblock col.

St. Piran

Common Butterwort (insectivorous!) in boggy drainage basin above Lake Agnes.

St. Piran

Very small False Asphodel (thanks again to Alberta Native Wildflowers FB group) in drainage basin above Lake Agnes.

St. Piran

Silky Scorpionweed on slopes below Piran / Niblock col.

St. Piran

Western Saxifrage (maybe?) on slopes below Piran / Niblock col.

St. Piran

Cut-leaved Fleabane near Piran / Niblock col.

St. Piran

Clump of Moss Campion on ascent slope above Little Beehive; Mt. Aberdeen glacier at left, The Mitre in distance.

St. Piran

Western Anemone / Pasqueflower (Pulsatilla) on ascent slope above Little Beehive.

St. Piran

Glacier Lilies (yellow), Paintbrush (red) and Heliotrope / Valerian (white) on trail to Little Beehive above Lake Agnes Teahouse.

Old Goat Glacier (750m elev. gain)

Old Goat Glacier

Some bare ice and meltwater on Old Goat Glacier in mid-July.

Old Goat Glacier

View back down the lateral moraine of Old Goat Glacier.

Old Goat Glacier

Dryad (maybe) on Old Goat moraine.

Old Goat Glacier

Possibly Tufted Alpine Saxifrage on the moraine.

Old Goat Glacier

Tufted Alpine Saxifrage (per Alberta Native Wildflowers…Facebook group help) on the moraine.

Old Goat Glacier

Purple Saxifrage on the moraine.

Old Goat Glacier

White Draba on the moraine.

Old Goat Glacier

White Dryad / White Mountain Avens (maybe) on Old Goat moraine. Note red algae on glacier.

Old Goat Glacier

Something about to bud on the moraine.

Old Goat Glacier

Daisy / Cutleaf Fleabane on Old Goat moraine.

Old Goat Glacier

Clump of Sweet-Flowered Androsace / Rock Jasmine (maybe) below the moraine.

Western or Few-flowered Anemone (maybe) on trail to Old Goat glacier.

Old Goat Glacier

Glacier Lilies on trail to Old Goat Glacier

Old Goat Glacier

Wild Heliotrope / Valerian on trail to Old Goat Glacier.

Mt. Lipalian, Purple Peak & Unity Peak (1,300m elev. gain)

Lipalian

Kona cooling off on Mt. Lipalian in mid-July with Mt. Hector at left distance, Mt. Whitehorn Ski Louise slopes in front, Richardson / Pika / Ptarmigan group in centre, and Redoubt at right, Fossil back right.

Unity & Purple

From Lipalian, Unity Peak at left and Purple Peak at right and connecting ridges on the route. High peaks Douglas and St. Bride behind.

Purple Peak

From Purple Peak, Unity Peak at right, Mt. Redoubt at left, Fossil Mountain with inverted-V snow slope in centre distance.

Purple Peak

Long-stalk Starwort (id. courtesy Alberta Native Wildflowers… Facebook Group) on Purple Peak.

Purple Peak

Alpine / Pallas’s Wallflower on Purple Peak, Wolverine Ridge behind.

Unity Peak

Approaching Unity Peak from Purple Peak; headed generally to the right and traversing for weaknesses in the cliffs, with a few difficulties requiring coaxing and boosts for Kona.

Lipalian

View from near summit of Unity back to Purple and Lipalian with Ten Peaks and Mt. Temple behind.

Unity

Not much room on summit of Unity Peak.

Unity

Redoubt Lake at base of Heather Ridge, still frozen over in mid-July, Deception Pass and Fossil Mountain behind.

Arnica in Wolverine Valley

Heartleaf Arnica (maybe) in Wolverine Valley.

Sorrel – Wolverine Valley

Mountain Sorrel in Wolverine Valley.

Yellow Columbine – Wolverine Valley

Yellow Columbine in Wolverine Valley.

Wolverine Valley

Alpine Laurel / Northern Bog Laurel in Wolverine Valley.