But, we didn't get going in time. The parking lot was full before we even got through the park entrance.
So after a brief re-plan I found another trail that might be accessible, and we went for it. The 8.5 Mile loop went up to Fern Falls and back around Cub Lake.
As it happened there was a shuttle bus, that pulled up as we left the car. Took us a Mile up the busy dusty road, which was nice to avoid.
The first park of the trail meanders with Thompson creek. Then climbs from the pools, up to the waterfall.
This side had a completely different feel. It had burt in the last few years so was sunny, and the wildflowers and raspberries were abundant !
Also still climbing and right at the Montane elevation
Plenty of water from snow melt and afternoon thunder showers. The flowers and butterflys are loving it.