August 4, 2022, Morning Glory and Linda Lake out and back, 12 km, 318 m elevation gain, 318 m elevation loss, 4hrs 33 mins.
It was lightly raining on the tent when I woke up. After listening to the rain drip drop on the tent I decided I may as well get up and warm up with coffee and breakfast. We were protected by the tree somewhat in our campsite but getting out of dry tent into the rain is never a motivating prospect. I was out of the tent by 6:45 am and went off to find somewhere dry to prepare breakfast.
Luckily for us camping at Lake O’Hara is backcountry glamping. The campground comes complete with two cook shelters that are perfect for cooking when it is wet or cold out. The cook shelters come complete with a small wood burning stove to add a little heat and atmosphere to what is a dark and spartan little cabin.
The warmth from the fire and the ability to sit comfortably in the dry made for an enjoyable breakfast. Our plan was to get on the trail quickly so that we could return to camp and be ready to take the 2:30 pm shuttle back to the car. We were going to explore the north west area of Lake O’Hara and hike the Linda Lakes Morning Glory Loop. It was still lightly raining as we back our bags. As we made our way to the trailhead the campground had come alive with activity.
The clouds were going to limit our vertical views but the focus on this hike was always going to be the flowers that populate the meadows.
I do think it is amusing that no current map indicates the Beeline but the new Parks Canada signs have the trail name displayed. It was a quick 200 m descent down to the junction with trail 34 Upper Morning Glory. We stopped and waited as a group of about 15 hikers came by. I asked one of them who the group was and it was an Alpine Club of Canada hike for people staying at the Elizabeth Parker Hut.
I do not remember exactly what time the shuttle came but I believe it was 2:30 pm. I was a little worried about whether there would be enough space for us on the shuttle but it was barely a quarter full. We enjoyed a quick if bumpy ridge back to the car. It did not take us long before we were on the road and just one hour to home. We were unsure of what carnage the boys and Margaux would have waiting for us but on arriving back home other than the over exuberant tail wagging and face licking by Margaux it pretty low key.
Our trip to Lake O’Hara was over too soon. It is a difficult place to book but the plan is to try and go back in a few years to revisit some places and explore some new trails. Each adventure brings its own unique awards.