Inuksuit at the hairpin turn between Kicking Horse and Golden, BC, Canada.
Kicking Horse Trail is a 14 KM (8 ¾ mile) paved road, with a giant switchback linking Golden, British Columbia with Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Each day begins with a scenic drive down the mountain past the corner leading to the Cedar Lake Recreation Area. At the hairpin turn, further down the mountain, a pair of Inuksuit occupy the top of the hill being descended. The mountain and river views, over the valley below and the Town of Golden, are expansive and breathtaking. The morning drive is a good way to start each day on this week-long hiking vacation.
Often the valley is misty in the summer's cool morning air and this day is no exception.
Where Kicking Horse Trail meets the bottom of the valley at Golden, a long, but single lane bridge crosses the Columbia River, near the confluence with Kicking Horse River on its course west to the Pacific Ocean.
The Kicking Horse River was named when John Hector, an explorer with the Palliser Expedition, had a disagreement with a horse which had grown weary of thrashing through impossible terrain and wandered off near the confluence of the Beaverfoot River with what is now known as the Kicking Horse River. When James returned to retrieve his horse, the horse kicked him in the chest. Presumed dead, the guides began to bury him until he issued a small sign of life. The river, and the valley it runs through, were named Kicking Horse in recognition of this bizarre incident.
The Kicking Horse River is well known internationally for excellent, world class, white water rafting. At the north end of the bridge there is a pullout to park our vehicle and to take a relaxing, scenic walk along the river's shoreline.
The day is warming as the sun soars higher into the sky. On this relaxation day, following yesterday's hike on Abbott Ridge in Glacier National Park, BC. time will taken to explore local attractions near accommodation at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. The next stop will be at Spirit Square in Golden.
Photographs for this post were taken on August, 8, 2013.