Distance: 8.5 km return Level of Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Gain: 365 m RSVP Opens Aug 4th at 8PM
This hike encompasses a myriad of nature's work: remnants of a forest fire, a hanging valley, high peaks (Stanley Peak, Storm Mtn., Mt. Whymper and Boom Mtn.) and the receding Stanley Glacier.
Summary: The first half of the hike leads up switchbacks through a huge burn, an area that fell victim to a lightening strike in 1968. It's easy to assume a place destroyed by fire is not worth visiting. Think again. Wildflowers prevail, as does reforested Lodgepole pine.
The second part of the hike is marked by crossing over a creek (runoff from the Stanley Glacier). As the trail continues alongside the creek, the forest thins and gives way to the open Stanley basin. The trail peters out among a boulder field in the basin, but leaves the option of exploring the immediate area.
For those with extra energy and sturdy boots, continue up the valley over rocky terrain to a high meadow about 1 km beyond the end of the obvious trail. The toe of the Stanley Glacier can be seen from here.
Gas Fees are $20 per passenger.
National Park rules and guidlines will be followed.
Please indicate in your RSVP if you are willing to drive and how many passengers you can take.
Your participation in this event means you have read the waiver and by signing up for this event you have accepted the waiver. If you have stated "no" in your profile you will not be accepted to participate. You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group. Members’ guests must read trip details, read and accept the online waiver, and meet all group requirements.