Virginia Falls and Hidden Lake Outlook

Virginia Falls 6km 160m elevation gain + Hidden Lake outlook 4.4km  164m elevation gain

In a very unpatriotic move, we spent Canada Day south of the border. It’s not that I don’t love my country, I do. A lot. In fact, I pretty much think it’s the number one tops. But as I get older, the crowds and the trying not to lose my kids in a sea of red just loses its appeal.

So we went and hiked Virginia Falls, which we’ve been trying to do since spring. Afterwards, we decided it would be fun to take the shuttle up to the visitors center and play in the snow. Lee is almost as opposed to shuttles as he is to ferries, but went along with the crowd like the good sport he is. As it turns out, due to some construction combined with poor park management, the shuttles only came every hour or so.

When we got to the top, the kids were still gung-ho to hike up to the lookout and see the baby goats, so another 1.5 miles we hiked up hill.

Harper finally had it on the way down, and within 5 minutes of getting lifted up, was dead asleep. 35lbs of dead weight in a piggy back is not fun.

We made it down, and after a excessively long wait for the shuttle, and a case of a missing 14 year old, we made it to our cars. We stopped and enjoyed some dinner and pie and then on our way home.

We did not change Lee’s mind regarding shuttles.

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^^Waiting for the rest of our party to make it through construction^^

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^^Cousin meetups^^

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^^An off we go…^^
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^^Reese, and mini Reese^^

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^^St.Mary Falls^^

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^^Gurney Verizon Bars^^

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^^The low clouds and forest fire smoke made for some neat looking mountains^^

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^^Reese caught a toad, the kids were all in heaven^^

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^^Virginia Falls^^

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^^Hey, look at that marmot!^^

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^^Cooling off her feet^^

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^^partway to the upper lookout^^
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^^At the base of the falls. It was a little breezy, and wet^^

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^^Grandpa and Wren did some bonding^^

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^^This is apparently how we hug in our family^^

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^^Harper always had a cousin or two to hold hands with. She was in heaven^^

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^^She even scammed a brief carry^^
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^^The slow pokes (us) totally took a wrong turn and came off the trail too early, making us walk along the highway for a bit to get back to the cars. As it turns out, it was faster.^^

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^^Waiting for the shuttle^^

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^^Peek a boo^^

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^^Reese loves to carry Wren in the Ergo, even though our little ginger baby probably is half her weight^^

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^^The shuttle was a little cramped. Jack was not impressed he had to sit on someone’s lap^^

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^^Starting up the hidden lake trail. I honestly thought there was no way my kids would walk this, and asked them a bunch of times if they wanted to turn around.^^

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^^Makeshift snowcone^^

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^^There were lots of baby goats, as promised^^

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^^We made it to the outlook!!^^

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^^They had closed the trail down to the lake due to Grizzlies, so we couldn’t have gone any further even if we wanted to^^

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^^Big horned sheep on the side of the road on the way home. I swear it’s real^^

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^^Even after hiking 2 hikes, these kids still had energy to burn with a game of tag^^

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