Today will be another 15km day with a wide variety of terrain to cover. We continue to follow the system of lakes and the ridges above them.
So after a hot night sleeping, we get up to a calm morning with loons swimming in front of where we pitched our tent last night. Not a bad way to start the day.
While we heard nothing during the night, when we go to get our food from the bear box, we can see that it is moved from the spot it was at last night. It has a chain that is wrapped around a tree to keep it from being dragged off, but you can see on the ground where a bear was likely pushing it around, as evidenced by the drag marks. The box worked though, and our gear was still intact with no issues.
As we get started we need to skirt around a large swampy area
and then more climbing
across a rather rickety bridge
and scramble up another rock with the aid of a rope.
The view up Olive lake from the bridge was peaceful with no wind and very calm water
after a short walk across the top of the ridge
thankfully the trail goes into the trees every once in a while to cool off – at least there are no mosquitos
we ended up at Peggy Lake campsite – where we stopped for a lunch break
after our break we went around the bottom of Peggy Lake and followed the trail towards Marion Lake
to cross the bottom of Peggy Lake, you walk across a number of flat boulders
and then up we go to the top again
As we walked along the rocky ridge, we saw a lot of cairns marking the trail
and encountered a very large beaver dam spanning across a sharp V – valley. These guys have been quite busy
after walking under the power lines, and crossing the dam, we see a sign showing we are on the right trail – that is good news as there are not many signs, just arrows and cairns
shortly after crossing the dam, we arrive at Marion Lake – this site is quite busy as the long weekend is just getting underway, so we got our site set up
as this was a full site and the bear bins were full, we decided to hang our packs between the trees – hopefully high enough to be out of reach of the bears
with supper done, we sat by the fire and watched the sun set
and along with the sunset we also had the moon
and that brings us to the end of Day 4 – we have now hiked about 50.7 kms of the total 63 km trail. That leaves 12.3 kms to go.