Mount Hamell and the Smoky River
It’s April and it seems that everyone is tired of the snow. There are a few signs of Spring. Pussy Willow, Cattails, longer days and melting snow which has lost it’s pureness and now looks dirty. Back in early March we had a few very heavy snowfalls and it was colder than usual. When the clouds lifted the air was clear and the sky was a brilliant blue.
Grande Mountain and the Smoky River
From the Smoky River a few kilometers from Grande Cache, Grande Mountain and Mount Hamell rise up towards the sky. It was almost mid-morning before the clouds had moved off and the sun was high enough to shine on the snow and make it sparkle. The river was frozen and covered in so much snow that a visitor would not have known there was water below. The air was still and quiet as we spent an hour or more pushing our way through soft fluffy snow for different viewpoints of the mountains.
Mount Louie from the Sulphur Rim Trail
Later that same day, not wanting to miss the beautiful conditions we went out again. This time we went along the Sulphur Rim Trail to a viewpoint that overlooks the Sulphur River. Mount Louie can be seen in the distance from this viewpoint. A hike up this mountain gives a wonderful view of Grande Cache and the surrounding mountains.
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