As Summer's end begins to approach in the Canadian Rockies my motivation for hiking becomes very heightened as the alpine trails will inevitably be covered in snow sooner than later. Winter is by far my favourite season but being able to meander around in an alpine valley on a long, warm, and beautiful day is as equally stimulating as seeing the peaks covered in a thick and silent winter snow. My friend Dave has been drumming up plans to hike this particular area of Yoho National Park and I was grateful to get an invite to follow along on this amazing day. We were able to make it happen last week and we were wonderfully rewarded with what has become my favourite hike to date. It's hard to beat a day in the alpine walking along a creek that takes you past an emerald coloured lake, several waterfalls, stunning rock outcroppings, ptarmigan sightings, and ultimately on up to the south end of the impressive Wapta Icefield. Few days can compare to the experience of spending a day in the mountains surrounded by ancient towering peaks, glacial streams, and most importantly wonderful company!