These are usually very timid, and give shrill squeaks when spotting intruders to their territory.
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[20 - Stream crossing on way to Tea House - click to enlarge]
At the bottom of the Shortcut Switchbacks there is a junction (elevation 1800m) leading to the Highline trail to the Big Beehive and Lake Agnes. Keep left. Here the trail stays level for some distance and passes along a narrow ledge before it begins a steady climb in the trough behind the north lateral moraine of the Lower Victoria Glacier.
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[24 - part of the Plain of Six Glaciers - click to enlarge]
There used to be six glaciers, but now there are only three.
[25 - Avalanche chute on flank of Mt. Whyte near the Plain of Six Glaciers - click to enlarge]
[26 - View near Tea House of Six Glaciers - click to enlarge]
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[28 - Hoary marmot]
These rodents live near the meadows along the avalanche chutes where it is common to hear them 'whistle' at intruders who come too close to their burrows.
There are several switchbacks on the trail with the fourth being about 300 m from the tea house.
[29 - Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House - click to enlarge]
The Tea House is at an elevation of 2100m.
Supplies to the tea house are packed in by horses during the summer months. The tea house was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1920s to accommodate mountaineers.
[30 - View from balcony on second floor]
[31 - Tea and chocolate cake - click to enlarge]
[32 - view from the Tea House - click to enlarge]
Close to the Tea House mountain goats can be seen among the rocky crags.
Beyond the Tea House the trail splits: a faint trail to the right climbs for 305m in 1.6km to a breathtaking view Mt. Victoria and the six glaciers. Here the wind can be quite strong and the trail slippery when wet. The main trail continues for another 0.4km up to the edge of the Victoria Glacier.
The trail continues upward along the valley cresting a lateral moraine which provides a viewpoint of the Victoria glacier below and Abbott Pass where on a clear sunny day the alpine hut built by the CPR for mountaineers to stay overnight, can be seen. It is Canada’s highest location for a national historic site. This is a rather precarious spot though it is the best place for a view to Abbott Pass between Mts. Victoria and Lefroy.
[33 - Map of trails to Plain of Six Glaciers (left) and Lake Agnes (right)]