We did this hike in late September when clouds, wind and snow threatened to cut our hike short. However, we decided to go as far as we felt comfortable. The first part of the hike after crossing the highway was quite strenuous, through steep mountainous coniferous forest. No wind here, we kept going. After the forested part, we came out onto an alpine meadow area, more accurately known as a cirque. (A half-open steep-sided hollow at the head of a valley or on a mountainside, formed by glacial erosion.) The views out here are amazing!!! We felt like we were in another world, maybe the Arctic! We were above the treeline in an alpine meadow that would be exploding with flowers in spring, except we were here in late September. It was breathtaking!! Nothing but mountain peaks and glacial rocks here, except for a couple of waterfalls formed by glacial melt water. It started snowing on our way down, but that only made it feel like Christmas. The experience was definitely worthwhile! Dress in layers against the wind, definitely bring your camera and plan to spend 2-3 hours.
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