It’s an 8-km trek to Taylor Meadows. The trail is mainly packed dirt switchbacks. Although it’s not a difficult hike, there is some serious elevation gain. Pair that with 50-odd pounds of overnight gear, and the climb shouldn’t be underestimated.
We departed the parking lot around 11 a.m. and arrived at Taylor Meadows by 1:30 p.m. We picked our tent pad, clipped our previously purchased registration proof to the post and unpacked. After a two-hour power nap, the sun had burned through the clouds, so we decided to venture down to the lake for dinner.
The shores of the lake were breathtakingly clear; the water colour impossibly blue. A half-submerged trail of rocks led us to an island, where we set up our burner and cooked dinner. Whiskey Jacks fluttered around us, hoping for crumbs. We joked with other hikers and brewed tea, stunned to silence by the majestic glacier-filled mountains and jumping trout.