Hike Date: May 27, 2017
For the first hike of the 2017 summer season, our intent had been to do Lineham Creek Falls in Waterton Lakes National Park. The day was warm and sunny, but there had been lots of snow in the preceding weeks. We were told that the trails along the Akamina Parkway were all too snowed-in for hiking. Therefore, we went with the old standby: Bertha Lake.
We went up to Bertha Lake, then tagged Bertha Bay coming down. There was lots of snow once you got above the lower falls, but it was all passable with only 2 tricky spots. There were still trees lying across the trail in some places, too. The lake was still mostly frozen over and surrounded by snow. The view was a spectacular mixture of sun and snow. The upper and lower falls were swollen with the spring run-off.
Having never been to Bertha Bay, we decided to tag it on the way down. The trail is actually reasonably steep, and the sun was hot by the time we were down there, making it a bit of a slog. We discovered/remembered when we got to the Bay that there was a backcountry campground down there. We hung out for a while, checked out the boat launch and discovered what must the Canadian strategic reserve of flat skipping-stones on the shores of the bay.
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