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Black Tusk from Panorama Ridge # 4510

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Date: 2003.10.05
Vantage Point: Summit of Panorama Ridge

Caption: Black Tusk and surrounding meadows in bright fall colours.

PhotoDescr: A favourite fall hike or run for Whistler area locals is the trail up Helm Creek from the Cheakamus Lake Trail. The gradual winding trail rises through old-growth forest to emerge into the open meadows of the Valley of Desolation, past Cinder Cone and Helm Lake, and up the north ridge of Panorama Ridge to a lofty summit providing excellent 360 degree views.

On this day, a group of friends headed out for an easy day of hiking and, lured by the promise of a warm, sunny afternoon, ascended to the peak of Panorama Ridge for some spectacular views of Garibaldi Lake, Castle Towers, Black Tusk, and many other peaks. One of the joys of this route is that it does not reveal its final show until one steps onto the summit, and this day was no exception. Not only were the fall colours at their peak, but a soft white blanket of fog crept into the valleys far below from Howe Sound.

While we hiked in warm sunshine under perfect skies, Squamish and other coastal communities were bathed in fog. We thanked the powers that be for an excellent day and, after taking in the views, marched back north enjoying the warming colours of the late afternoon. By ten o'clock that evening, the sound of rainfall on the roof signalled the end of our long spell of perfect weather.

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