BCP617 Johnson Lake
N51° 11.760’ W115° 29.474’
Mrs BVPete and I were taking Aidan (one of our Grandsons) for a bit of a walk around Johnson Lake today and of course capture a brass cap as well. As stated by van der Decken in his log, access is by the upper Minnewanka Road. They have been releasing massive amounts of water through the flood gates at the main Minnewanka dam which has washed out the lower road as well as turning Cascade Ponds into a large river. That river in turn has destroyed the little dam that regulated the ponds, flowed under the highway and destroyed large sections of the new bike trail along the highway to the Transalta plant.
Anyways, we had just started out on our walk when I received a text from the Takin it Easy Family informing us that they were in the area, heading towards Johnson Lake. Arrangements were made to meet at the Hermit of Inglismaldie’s cabin on the other side of the lake and we continued around the lake. We then discovered why the lake was so low as we found a 15 foot section of the east end dam missing. A go around was found downstream a bit and one of us got across with dry feet while two did not . Soon after that we met up with three of the TiE family and walked over to the Hermit’s cabin. We explored the site for a while before heading over to the cap location via the more southern Johnson Lake trail. The TiEs had already been at the cap but they still accompanied us to the very nice viewpoint. It is always great fun to take a walk with them, with lots to talk about; the only missing member of the usual hiking group was van der Decken who had already been here! Then it was back to the cars where we parted company with the TiE’s, they had other business to attend to in Banff while we three (four with Brutus included) headed home.
Thanks for posting this nicely positioned survey monument ofth with terrific views along the Bow Valley in both directions.