We did an afternoon paddle on Brewster Lake not too long ago and were just entranced by all the wild roses, this particular area looked like someone had spent a lot of time organizing the roses amongst the tree stumps. Natures Garden art a new craze. I do have a thing about wild flowers.
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We did exactly that this past weekend and ended up on Brewster Lake because we wanted to scout out camping possibilities on the Sayward Forest Canoe Route. Both myself and Chrissy have done this before on Amor Lake, and Morton Lake however we had never been on Brewster Lake before. This past weekend was one of those weekends where we were not quite sure if there was going to be sun or rain or thunderstorms, so we were just hoping for the best. And the best is exactly what we scored.
It has been a long time since I have been down this trail due to health reasons, so this past weekend was a real milestone for me. Heather and I did the trial this past weeekend, the beginning of June and there was still intermittent snow on the ground. I had forgotten what it was like moving from snow field to rock and rock to snow field, it takes concentration, a keen eye for challenges and a little know how to make this transition smooth and safe as a little slip can see you launched down a slimy, wet, slippery slope or drop you down a gully into freezing water or worse still onto sharp rocks. More than one of my friends have gotten into trouble over the years with this, although in the end they never complained about the helicopter ride out.
You have to drive down a gravel mine road to get to the trailhead and that is about 3 kilometres up hill. The trail starts at 570 metres above sea level, and gains 450 metres to a total of 1015 metres above sea level, the trail is rated easy to moderate and you can count on 2 to 2 1/2 hours one way, I usually say count on a good solid 7 hour day, that way you can take a bunch of pictures and sit and enjoy the view at the lake. This past weekend the trail was thoroughly wet, there was still lots of snow and the trails direction was not completely clear, fortunately we knew where we were going so no worries. Judging from the heat of the day and the extent of the run-off in the creeks, it won't take long for the trail to be clear of all snow, perhaps 2 or 3 weeks tops.
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