In September 2013, my husband and I hiked the Mount Edith Cavell trail to Cavell Pond in Jasper National Park, Canada. It is a short, easy hike at 11,033ft (3,363 m) elevation. The views along the way are spectacular!
There are several glaciers visible on the North face of the mountain. Angel Glacier (above) forms in a bowl or cirque. The glacier flows downward. Some of the ice breaks over the vertical cliffs forming the angel's wings. Because of the constant movement, this is an avalanche area. We did see several while we were here and heard their resounding BOOMS!
I love the patterns, colors, and shapes of the plants, lichens, and rocks. stunning decoration!
If you look very carefully in the middle of the photograph, you will see a person in blue. This will give you an idea of the scale.
See the people--blue and red?
Cavell Pond is just below Cavell Glacier. Ghost Glacier is the highest snow area above on the left. In August, 2012, a very large chunk (equivalent to 1428 city buses) of Ghost Glacier broke off and avalanched down the mountain into Cavell Pond causing a tsunami that closed trails and the parking lot. (video link below)
Icebergs float in Cavell Pond.
silly photo of me
pattern and texture
Back to the beginning of the trail, Cavell Lake can be seen in the distance, a gorgeous turquoise blue due to the suspension of glacial flour.
Banff and Beyond trail description and photos
lots of photos AlbertaWow
Map nearby roads and trails
video of the avalanche (warning: 4 -letter word at the 5 second mark)
about Edith Cavell, a British nurse in WWI who saved many lives
water a couple photos of Cavell Pond and Cavell Lake
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