Scree Victoria Hiking Terms
Scree: from the Norse “skridha”, landslide. The small, loose stones covering a slope. Also called talus, the French word for slope. Scree is mainly formed from the annual freeze/thaw periods of spring and fall, where water seeps into cracks in the rock and expands when freezing.
Scree slopes are a common obstacle or simply part of the scenery on alpine hiking trails. Wedgemount Lake pictured below is dominated by scree slopes and a massive erratic field around the lake.
The image below is an aerial video of Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. Scree slopes dominate the areas above the lake leading up to Joffre Peak as well as the glacier far above the lake.
The Joffre Lakes trail is surprisingly busy most of the summer, which is a testament to how extraordinarily beautiful, and relatively easy the hike is. Unlike Wedgemount Lake, Black Tusk or Cirque Lake, which are to difficult for many hikers, Joffre Lakes is comparatively easy and certainly relaxing. Many hikes in the nearby Garibaldi Park are not family friendly and easy, but Joffre Lakes is. Certainly the scenic drive to the trailhead from Whistler is part of the fun. The image below is an aerial video of the Fissile, Adit Lakes and Russet Lake, all surrounded by scree and scree slopes.
Black Tusk is the extraordinarily iconic and appropriately named mountain that can be seen from almost everywhere in Whistler. The massive black spire of crumbling rock juts out of the earth in an incredibly distinct way that appears like an enormous black tusk plunging out of the ground. Whether you spot it in the distance from the top of Whistler Mountain or from dozens of vantage points along the Sea to Sky Highway, its unmistakable silhouette is hard to miss.
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