Threatening skies did not scare nine hikers today as they gathered for the Thursday hike. We were joined by a new hiker today who brought his camera.
We started at Spine Rd Beach and walked the lower part of the ski trail to the Red Briffett Lookout. People were very pleased with the trail markers from the Spine Rd Ski Trail to the Red Briffett Lookout. There had been some curious bears in the area as evidenced by some teeth marks and claw marks on the Lookout signs.
The view was amazing from the Lookout. The sun was shining in a mostly blue sky by the time we stopped there for lunch. More leaves have changed colour since the Saturday hike to the High Rocks. Those cliffs directly across from us looked spectacular .
After a relaxed lunch we headed back to the Spine Rd Ski Trail and continued on our way to the cabin that overlooks Mink Lake. Another photo opportunity from Mother Nature! We kept hiking past the entrance to the Mink Lake Trail and checked out the rocky shore of that lake. No moose were in the vicinity.
We went down to the lower part of the Ski Trail at Loop 3 and continued on back to the parking lot. Huge burls on yellow birches and absolutely striking examples of various mushrooms and fungi were visible throughout the trail. The trees provided a lovely canopy above much of the trail. Sunlight shining through the leaves onto the trail provided some great photos.
A good day for an 11 km hike with so much of nature's glory on display. PHOTOS