Hiking Paint Pots, Marble Canyon, Olive Lake

Trip Start Jun 25, 2011
Trip End Jul 08, 2011

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

We are driving further east through Kootenay National Park to a trail that takes us to Paint Pots. Unfortunately, it appears as if it is going to rain.  We were lucky that it did not as we hiked along the trail to Paint Pots.  However, the trail is muddy.  We are careful to not fall in the orange mud or splatter ourselves.  Paint Pots are formed by accumulation of iron oxide around the outlets of three cold mineral springs. The iron deposit increases in height around each pot.  The two larger pools are greenish in color due to the mixing of fresh water from a small creek.  The trail is approximately 1.8 miles round trip.

A little further down the road is Marble Canyon.  It is while we are here that it starts to drizzle and then rain.  We hurry to get back to the car.  We decided to not hike the Stanley Glacier Trail due to the rain.  We did stop at an area called Dolly Varden to eat our lunch.  Mosquitoes viciously attacked me.  Even though I wore mosquito repellant, the mosquitoes worked their way through the threads on my socks to bite me.  I did not realize this and received over 20 bites on my ankles.

We continued on our drive back to the condo and since it was not raining, we stopped at Olive Lake, which was a short walk to the lake.  There was a field of flowers on the way.  As we were leaving this area, I noticed a mother bear and her baby by the road.  We watched both for a while prior to our leaving.

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