Day 2 Ribbon Lake Campground to Buller Mt Day Use Area, 10.2 km 3691 m Elevation Gain, 691 m Elevation Loss, 4 hrs 28 min.
We had rain overnight but the morning greeted us with a beautiful sunrise over Ribbon Lake.
I got out of the tent at 7:00 am and took pictures of the sunrise over Ribbon Lake. While Laura packed up the tent I collected water and got the coffee and breakfast going. The rain overnight and the clear skies left us with a very wet picnic area. We had our breakfast of coffee and oatmeal about 7:45 am and were ready to leave camp by 8:40 am.
It was sunny and warm as we headed off. We never saw the other couple who were at the campground. I was somewhat concerned about the weather, as the forecast did call for a chance of rain. I did not want to be trapped going over the pass if a storm blew in. As we thought, the deep vegetation just outside the campground was soaking wet and our rain skirts did a great job keeping our legs dry. Once we got back to the tumbling waterfall we were able to remove our skirts.
The day was bright and sunny. There seemed to be no threat of rain. We worked our way back up to South Buller Pass. We did pause for a few minutes contemplating taking the route back over North Buller Pass. There was a nice-sized cairn marking the junction. With time restrictions and having to be home to volunteer for the swim meet, we did not have the appetite to deviate from what we knew and go off on an adventure.
We arrived at the top at 10:20 am, 1 hr 40 min after we had left camp. We had made pretty good time to the pass, considering the time I had spent taking long-exposure photos of the waterfall and that this was the end of the elevation for the day. The skies were much clearer and afforded a better view of Mt. Assiniboine.
We continued hiking with only a little pause for the high alpine views. We continued down the way we had come the day before. We got yelled at by a small ground squirrel. At the junction to North Buller Pass we did stop for a 30-minute lunch, which included the leftover wine. We chatted with some hikers doing the loop over both passes. They offered to take some photos of us and we accepted their offer.
We had lunch by the junction with the North Buller Pass Route. While Laura tended to some hot spots on her feet, I wandered around and discovered this lovely little waterfall and pool close by and spent several minutes taking pictures.
We headed back to the trail just after 12 pm. It was a simple walk back down the trail through the burn area back to the car. We arrived at the car at 1:15 pm. We arrived back home by about 2 pm with enough time to clean up, have a nap and an early dinner before heading to the pool to volunteer at the swim meet. The entire trip took less than 24 hrs. I would be very happy at some point in the future to repeat the trip but leave earlier, stay later and spend more time enjoying the area around Ribbon Lake, but it is always good to get away.