“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary
Marble Canyon is not a long nor difficult hike.
There is a bit of uphill at times – mostly stairs. It takes about an hour to get to the Falls.
A hiking stick is useful – water and snacks. Looking up the Canyon …
I discovered this is called Tokumm Creek.
Our timing was perfect. In the Spring the water
is a murky grey colour from winter run off.
Now it’s a clear beautiful turquoise.
“The Berry Tree”, by Saul Chaplin from Many Rivers to Cross (1955)
I’m always scared about bears when I go up into the mountains.
Though I’ve never encountered any except from seeing them from my car. I still want to be cautious. This year there have been a lot of bear encounters because it rained a lot in the early summer – which created a lot of berries – being a main food source for Black Bears and Grizzly Bears. Thus, they have been posting a lot of warnings.
It’s berry season
Bear encounters are likely
Berry bushes border trails, roads and campgrounds. Black and Grizzly bears
are feeding on berries right now.
It is easy to surprise a bear
that is focused on feeding.
To reduce your risk:
– Make noise while on trails. – Travel in tight groups.
– Trail running and cycling place you at a much higher risk. Travel very slowly. Do not wear buds. – Carry bear spray. ensure it is accessible, and know how to use it. – Watch for fresh bear signs such as scat.
– Be especially careful near berry patches.
– If you see a bear, stay calm, back away slowly and leave the area. Never run.