Welcome to our photo gallery of the spectacular Darling Lake Heritage Trail.
Skookum IPP headpond viewed from near the top of the ridge. If you squint you can make out 4 trucks in the parking area.
Squamish SAR inbound to Darling Lake.
Looking towards Squamish from Manic Peak. Skookum Creek and the ancient lava flows from Opal Cone in the bottom right quadrant. Sky Pilot on the leftmost skyline. Howe Sound and the Chief right in the middle.
Alpine wildflowers putting on a great show in the valley!
Second heli landing. Chopper in the upper left, our camp lower right.
On descent from Manic Peak around 8:30PM
Heading out to do recon down the Darling Creek valley. It starts out easy enough. Several creeks meander and converge lower down where the valley narrows.
Outbound heli with our fearless leader on board. Garibaldi in the distance.
Darling Creek valley about 1km from the lake. This is directly below where the old trail intersects the ridge. We bailed out of the recon trip and climbed back up to the old trail. Our consensus was that building a trail up the old route would be easier than creating one through here.
Cal and Oudi work their way up one of the boulder fields en route to the ridge
Setting up camp near the lake. Beautiful clear-running streams abound in the meadows. We're using it as a "cooler" (see lower right corner). We took two dips in the lake - invigorating!!
Beautiful azure waters of Darling Lake viewed from above.
Cal and Oudi on the summit of Manic Peak
Sample of the micro-terrain in the Darling Creek valley
Sunset over Darling Lake
Large boulders near Darling Lake. Notice the huge swarm of mosquitoes.
Oudi preparing dinner
Small lake at 1800m just above Darling Lake in a bowl below Mirage Peak. Easiest access to this Mamquam Icefield passes through this area.
Cal takes in the sunset
The mighty Judge
The Darling Creek valley about 800 from camp. The valley tightens up with steep walls running right down to the creek.
Small cairn I built on aptly named Manic Peak. The flies will make you manic.
Beautiful view of the Garibaldi massif taken mid-morning at Darling Lake