May 20, 2009.
This is actually a brand new picture, never been seen before. I decided to use a picture from one of the late summer hikes I did last year when Julie was at home being pregnant, but I was running a bit late to work today, so I just grabbed the first one I saw that looked decent. I hope I don’t regret using it later.
This is from the Sunrise Mine Trail. The trailhead is along the Mountain Loop, down sort of near-ish to Verlot. Actually, it’s right near Big Four mountain, for those of you who know where that is. It’s a really nice trail, it climbs about 2400 feet in a little more than 3 miles, and gets you right up among some huge rocky peaks. The second half of the trail climbs right up the wall of a huge rocky basin, with fantastic views the whole way. It was a bit dicey at the bottom of the basin, because the trail disappeared under a snowfield for awhile, so it was a bit challenging to find where it popped out on the other side. It tops out at Headlee Pass, then drops down and leads to a little pond called Lake Elan (I just looked that up), which was still almost entirely snow-covered, even in late August.
This picture is taken just below Lake Elan, looking the other way, back toward the pass. I was hoping to get some pictures of the lake in the sunshine, but there was a very persistent cloud hugging the top of a nearby peak (Vesper, I think), which left the lake in the shade the whole time I was there.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/30s, f/16.0, ISO 400. Focal length, 28mm.