Plants from the Elk River and Landslide and Berg Lakes

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on August 19.

Another mountain hike (and looking at plants of course) in Strathcona Park….here are a few pics from a recent backpack trip I did with my kids up the Elk River valley to Landslide Lake and beyond to Berg Lake. It’s a wonderful hike through old growth forest, following the Elk River and passing by some nice waterfalls. Landslide Lake has an impressive view of the rugged peaks of Mt. Colonel Foster.

The only downside is that this trail is very busy, especially on the weekends. Just a few years ago there were few people hiking the trails of the Buttle Lake corridor, but that has really changed. I have concerns that BC Parks is not prepared for the influx of so many hikers!

Some botanical highlights (click photo to enlarge):

Lewis’ monkeyflower (Erythranthe lewisii)
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