The hike up to Viking Ridge this past Sunday drew a dozen hikers and all but two made it to the top. (Hip troubles caused one to drop out early and return to spend the day at the vehicles down below while another ran out of steam shortly before the climb onto the ridge thanks to an exceptionally-heavy pack - he will be better prepared next time).
The trail down below is now in good condition but the meadow remained saturated in snowmelt. No one escaped with dry boots but the board walk that was laid down last summer saved us from getting even soggier and was much appreciated. Greg W got some GPS coordinates for a helicopter drop of more lumber later this summer in advance of the additional work planned for the area.
The route up to the ridge bypasses the lake and is well flagged. Parts of the ridge remained covered in a thin layer of snow but not enough to pose any hazard. It was also soft enough that cleats were not needed.
Most had made it up to the top by about midday and all enjoyed a stunning view of the mountains to the south and some colourful flora in the immediate area. There was some rain at the top but only for a brief time and the hike back down was safe and uneventful.
Thank you Elizabeth for leading a tough but rewarding hike.