This was an unscheduled, impromptu trip. We took advantage of a break in the weather for a tour of the lakes on the Forbidden Plateau and at the last minute decided to push on to Cruickshank Canyon. The day was cloudless, with a reasonable summer temperature, and a bit of smoke haze on the horizon. We caught the 7:05 ferry and were hiking shortly after 8:30. We hiked the lake loop clockwise, arriving first at Battleship, then Lady, Croteau and Kwai Lakes. We explored the excellent new group campground at Croteau, complete with yurt cooking shelter, and had lunch at Kwai. We hiked the spur to Mariwood and Beautiful (well named) Lakes and continued to Cruikshank Canyon. The haze was most noticeable across the canyon, but the viewpoint drop-off is always impressive. We stopped at Mariwood Lake on the return and Julie swam in the cold water, before hiking up to the Ranger station and on to Helen Mackenzie Lake.
This is truly a spectacular sub-alpine hike. We were very pleased that there was no apparent drought on the plateau. The lake levels were reasonable and the meadows still green and lush. The wild blueberries were delicious and definitely extended the time it took to do the trip. 22.1 km; 8¼ hours.
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