2016.07.09 | Chester Lake & Elephant Rocks | 2261m | 11.9 km | TA 408 TH 1921
My nephew Liam asked to go hiking so I decided to combine a hike with fishing. As the forecast was for clouds and rain by noon I figured best not to get too far in as getting wet and cold is not much fun. Chester lake is just a beautiful spot in any event plus the option to go a little further to the Elephant rocks is a good objective.
We travelled down Hwy 40 to the Smith-Dorrien and not far onto it we saw a young grizzly bear in the ditch. It wouldn't look up from it's feast of clover. Liam spotted a black bear on the way out along the same road so it was a good day for bears.
Starting the hike it was overcast but no rain, part way up it rained quite hard at times but then became intermittent. In between a little bit of hail and finally we got some sun for the hike out.
After reaching the lake it was sprinkling so we decided to go see the Elephant rocks before coming back to have lunch and fish. Liam decided that the rocks looked more like hippos and rhinos. Fishing was slow, I managed to catch one Dolly Varden but otherwise we only got a few bites. It was chilly anyway so we headed out after an hour and half or so of fishing and got some frozen yogurt in Cochrane. Good day.
© Clayton Ditzler