This is what some of the mountains in Waterton Lakes National Park look like after being burned by the Kenow wildfire. The fire, which was started by lightning in British Columbia, was first detected on August 30, 2017. It entered Waterton Park on September 11 and was not finally under control until the beginning of October.
The Bear’s Hump is one of the most popular hikes in the park. Up until last year, the trail began right behind the Visitors Center. But the Kenow wildfire burned both the Center and the trail. The trail is still closed and may be for some time.
I didn’t take any photos of the Bear’s Hump with snow on it right after the fire, but here is a nearby mountain. All those beautiful conifers have become black matchsticks.
This is looking up at the Bear’s Hump from the townsite before the fire.
This is looking down on the Bear’s Hump from the Prince of Wales parking lot before the fire.
And almost a year later, in July 2018.
As a further comparison of the fire damage, below is the mountain on the west side of the bison compound.
But the compound is fighting back.
The Hump is only 2.4 km return, but it has an elevation gain of 240 meters, which means it’s very steep. In places, it’s almost like climbing a staircase. That’s why it’s listed as “strenuous.”
I’ve had to use photos of the trail when it was dry. I was going to borrow some hail/rain photos from Charlie, but the day he hiked up in the chapter you just read, he couldn’t take his camera because of his shoulder.
So here are some photos from the bottom two-thirds of the dry trail.
Charlie probably hit some snow like this after the rain stopped and just before he got to the top.
Two photos taken just before reaching the top.
And some vista shots from up there.
The winding road in the bottom right of the first photo goes into Cameron Lake and to most of the major hikes. But it is closed now and probably will be for a couple years.
After looking around for a while, and his high-point piss, and his choosing a souvenir rock, Charlie went back down.
And discovered the signs that were warning everyone about the cougars.
To enlarge a single photo in a post, click on it. To zoom in for details, click on it a second time.
Click on the first photo in groups of photos to start a slideshow.
To see one of those group shots at full size, click on it, then scroll down to its bottom right where it says, View full size. You can click on it a second time, if you wish, to zoom in for details.
(© 2018 Glenn Christianson. All rights reserved.)
But before returning to the Post Index, why not scroll down and leave a comment or a question? And you might also want to check the boxes for “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” and “Notify me of new posts by email.”
Thanks for visiting my website.