Mountain vista from Idaho peak in the Kooteneys

Hiking Up Idaho Peak

Even though it’s July, there is still snow up Idaho Peak. Later this year, tourists will be able to drive up to the ridge we hiked to, park in the parking lot, and hike along the ridge to the old fire lookout house. But for now, you will have to leave your car at the 8km mile marker and hike up the alpine bowl to get to the good views!

This meltwater is so fresh and pure you can drink it from the stream. It tastes better than the priciest bottled water.
This meltwater is so fresh and pure you can drink it from the stream. It tastes better than the priciest bottled water.
Here is the picnic table where we ate our lunch, still buried in snow!
Here is the picnic table where we ate our lunch, still buried in snow!
This golden flower glowed, and thousands of them cover the alpine slopes this time of year. Later, red and purple flowers will cover the mountain too.
This golden flower glowed, and thousands of them cover the alpine slopes this time of year. Later, red and purple flowers will cover the mountain too.
The switchback mountain road holds snow in the lee of the slope.
The switchback mountain road holds snow in the lee of the slope.
Are these mountain flowers crocus?
Are these mountain flowers crocus?
True north wild and free.
True north wild and free.
Mountain vista from Idaho peak in the Kooteneys
Mountain vista from Idaho peak in the Kooteneys.
The snow hasn't completely melted from the slopes on  Idaho Peak, in the Kooteneys.
The snow hasn’t completely melted from the slopes on Idaho Peak, in the Kooteneys.
feeds into the tiny creeks that become a raging river in the valley of Sandon  BC.
All the snow melts and feeds into the tiny creeks that become a raging river in the valley of Sandon BC.

One thought on “Hiking Up Idaho Peak”

  1. Hard to believe there’s still snow up there, and so much, too. Beautiful photos of a beautiful place.

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