The club's trip up to the top of Fraser Mountain on Sunday, June 19 drew 11 hikers . The initial portion was as steep as always but the views remained just as rewarding. The group was also greeted with warm, sunny weather, a gentle breeze that kept the mosquitoes away and a stunning array of flowers now coming into bloom.
We were at the forest fire lookout tower by well before noon and some, but not all dared, scaled the stairs to the very top.
The trip down was relatively leisurely and with a stop at a lookout that provided additional views of a thick forest immediately below, and further away, Highway 16, Fraser Lake, the Endako mine and the pathway for the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
Contrary to the warning sign at the trailhead, there were no bears. We suspect the sign has been there for some time and the bears have moved on. That said, we generally kept within view of each other along the trail and brought bear spray just in case.
Thanks to the early start - 7 a.m. - we were back home by about 3:30 p.m. Thank you Elizabeth for leading this hike - you picked a good day!