Hell yes! This route is F*CK*N* AW*SO*M*!!!!!!!
It starts in a forest’y alpine meadow, climbs up a big mountain, goes over the top, down a beautiful ridge, climbs a huge step, into a gorgeous, remote lake, makes you sh•t yourself with terrifying day trips, climbs another big ass col, then gives you permanent knee problems with a 6 hours descent. LOVE IT!
After two days of absolutely stunning trail up and over Mt Albert Edward, we got to the flawless teal waters of Ruth Masters lake a day ahead of schedule. This small, but deep, crystal clear lake is walled in by two mountains and a connecting ridge, giving it a huge amphitheater’esk feel. Trip reports had mentioned the lake’s serene beauty, but they couldn’t of been less understated.
With an extra day on our hands, we decided to stay another night and spend the following day hiking up Augerpoint Mountain. The next morning, we skirted around the lake and, forgoing the easy trail, started climbing up a beautiful little creek. Within minutes, the hiking went to scrambling, to full on climbing. After a series of 15 foot chutes, we decided to traverse across the mountain to try to regain the trail. What we thought would be a 30min traverse turned into a major 5 hour adventure across steep scree fields and class 3-4 rock gully scrambles (class 3 means it’s freaking scary, class 4 means don’t fall). We finally linked up with the trail for the last 50ft to the summit. It was nice to stand at the top, but wayyy nicer to come back down on an easy trail after an exhausting climb powered by cliff bars and adrenaline.
I won’t talk about the next day because the descent down to Buttle Lake broke me. My knees are recovering, but my morale is done forever ;-).