Burstall Meadows


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We hiked 8.38km in the end, with an elevation gain of about 200m.
Took us just under 3 hours of moving time, with another hour of breaks and lunch.

The trail starts off at the well-used Burstall Parking lot, and passes by the Hogarth Lakes turn, and the Beacon Basin.

Commonwealth Peak from the dam.

Crossing the dam.

There's about 65cm of snow in the open areas.

The trail heads into the trees and starts to gain elevation.

Commonwealth Peak pokes out of the clouds ahead.

The group on the trail.

This section of trail is a broad old road. There is plenty of room for a separate ski trail and snowshoe trail, which had been put in as seen here.
Unfortunately, on our way back, we saw that some ignorant or thoughtless group had tromped all across the area and both trails,
which completely obliterated the nice ski track that we so carefully preserved.
Snowshoers, please stay off ski tracks! It's not that hard, especially when a snowshoe trail is already in for you, and makes a big difference when skiing.
If you wonder why skiers get so angry about sharing with snowshoers, this is the reason!

We stopped for lunch in the trees at the gravel flats, which had a good bit of wind coming across them.
Too grey for a good photo, but the trees protected us enough for a good lunch.

Hiking down the trail on the return.

Nice section of trail.

Group photo!

Hiking down the big hill by the beacon basin for fun.

The group returns to the main trail.

Snow comes in as we finish our day.

Moose cruising the parking lot for salt.

Moose.

We actually saw the moose hanging out in the parking lot on the way in, just doing the usual minding her own business, licking off the cars.
Unfortunately, shortely after we arrived, someone's small dog took off after the moose (trailing a leash and following by an ignored human).
Extremely luckily for dog and owner, the moose started and ran off into the trees, rather than kicking the dog's head off.
Another important lesson for anyone in the backcountry:
Dogs must be leashed at all times, and it doesn't count as leashed if you don't have a solid grip on the other end to actually maintain control of it.
If your dog is not under excellent control as to obey you if you tell him to stop even when he has found a deer or a moose, or even a squirrel, or especially a bear,
then the dog has no business in the backcountry, and it is dangerous for you and excessively stressful for the wildlife to bring him there.
Dog owners who do not take appropriate care also ruin things for those who do. Be responsible!

Photos taken by Rachel

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