It required a shuttle or bike and since I am way too cheap to pay for a shuttle (and wait for the right timing), I left from Calgary at 6am with my Giant Trance X2 in toe and embarked from Waterton townsite at 8:30am.
It was getting warm already and the climb up from Waterton on the Cameron Lake road worked the legs. I enjoyed the shadows and distracted myself from my unfit legs with the great skyline as I wound my way down the valley.
Once at Cameron Lake, I wandered around looking for water and learned that there is not potable water at the lake. Oh well, one litre should do. I wandered down the trailhead about 100m away from the crowds and then ducked in the bush to stash my bike and lock it to a tree.
Then up the switch backs in the mature forest above Cameron Lake. Thankfully it was in the shade so the ascent went quite well and I crested in the forest to find a meadow opening up to Summit Lake with spectacular panorama of Glacier Park to the south. [photo]P7220005a.jpg[caption]Summit Lake at the top of the switchbacks up from Cameron Lake with Chapman Peak (left) and Mount Custer (right)[/photo]
There was a camp site on the lake edge and I saw a guy napping. Quietly I slapped on some sun screen and ate some lunch and the departed as he stirred, "Hey buddy, good nap?" [photo]P7220010a.jpg[caption]Trail heading east towards Cameron Lakes from the pass[/photo]
From here the trail ascends up towards Mount Carthew along the south side of the ridge and cuts a nice path across the scree across a wide open slope that... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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