WE’RE BACK! Fastpacking to Della Falls, Love Lake in Strathcona Park.

It was time to return to one of our favourite spots, Della Falls and Love Lake!

On our way.

On our way.

A perfect hot sunny June day.

On our way to Love Lake!

On our way to Love Lake!

Can’t miss where we are going!

Della Lake from across the Drinkwater valley.

Della Lake from across the Drinkwater valley.

It’s been a very dry spring, with very little snow in the mountains this year.

Love Lake for lunch.

Love Lake for lunch.

Last time we were here – which was our September 2011 Della Falls/Love Lake hike, Love Lake was still totally frozen over. This time, even only in June, there was no snow.

Della falls almost dry…

Dry Della Falls.

Base of  Della Falls – neary dry.

A beautiful day in the mountains.

Heading home.

Heading home.

Last time, we ran most of it and did the whole thing in eleven and a half hours – including a two hour stop up top. This time we took it much easier – more hiking than walking – and took closer to 14 hours all up. It’s around 40 km there and back, with a total elevation gain (and loss) of 1300 m – most of that on the climb from the base of Della Falls up to Love Lake. Fun day, and a great way to kick off a summer of hiking in the mountains of Vancouver Island!

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