May 21st Wednesday
First hike of the season a leg stretcher up Mt Lady Macdonald to the old Tea House Platform. The construction on Cougar Creek forced us to go up to the bench trail that starts at the emergency access road to Silver Tip & the golf course. Then you have to drop down to Cougar Creek to find the start of the Lady Macdonald trail. At least we got a look at the new catch net for debris. On the way back we took the route back along Cougar Creek to the bridge at Benchlands and Elk Run Blvd. No problems from the construction crew.
This rocky section is a nice relief from the grinding trail.
The first view of the summit and the ridge of our destination.
Not far to go now and the platform will be in sight.
Distance return 9.5 km Time return 4:30 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation gain 930 m Total height 2310 m