The original idea was to stay at Abbott Pass Hut at 10,400′—the highest inhabitable structure in all of Canada—for a couple of nights while in Yoho National Park. Our plans quickly changed upon talking with a couple of locals who warned us otherwise.
Apparently, due to the last few days receiving a bunch of snow, lugged shoes, ice axes, and helmets were advisable to safely ascend to the hut. Having none of these on hand, we completely shelved the idea for safety’s sake. Instead, we managed to secure (with lots of luck) the last two spots in the nearby Elizabeth Parker Hut for that night, and got in about 10 miles of oft-steep hiking on Monday and Tuesday.
With the turquoise lakes, dense forests, jagged mountain tops, and panoramic views, ultimately Lisa and I agreed that this was the most beautiful place either of us had gone hiking at! My words can’t do the place justice but photos such as the above can approximate.
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