The valleys, waterfalls and peaks of K Country and beyond
Birdwood Lakes (Lower) (Kananaskis)
July 4th, 2015
Birdwood Lakes (Lower)
The Birdwood Traverse is a Kananaskis legend. And for this trip, still shrouded in mystery as we only made it to the first Birdwood Lake (Lower).
Out day begins with a bush thrash. Kaptain Kananaskis lead his montly crew from the wrong starting point. Instead of parking the car on the Smith-Dorrian Road across from Commonwealth Valley he parks on the Mt. Shark Road at the far end of the big meadow. His reason, not to ford Smuts creek, and to follow the path near Mt. Endagine Lodge. This back fired as they encountered countless meanders and wetlands in the meadow and the surrounding forest.
Soaked, thrashed and covered in mud, they finally found the trail on the far end of an old cut-block. My friends now hate me. The trek begins. Passing waterfalls, cow-parsnip meadows with Mountain Forgetmenot clusters. Fresh Grizzly digs full of sweet Glacier Lilly Bulbs and stems, we hollered. Past paintbrush rock gardens into the alpine. Over Smuts Pass and the view into the Birdwood Lakes. We return using the path leading to the meadow and ford Smuts Creek before ascending the Smith-Dorrian road. Walking back along the road, the clouds move in and ominously cloud in the peaks. A great day.