Tonquin Valley - Snow in August
I had planned a weekend backpack trip planned for the Tonquin Valley back in May. August arrived and we set out on the Portal Creek Trail into the Valley. The weather was a bit cloudy and cold temperatures with rain was in the forecast for the following day. I wondered if it might just be cold enough to get some snow overnight. Well - it definately was! We awoke to six inches of heavy wet snow on the tent and covering all the ground. Fun times! I was expecting a couple warm and sunny days so kept going forward on the hike. We had the generally busy Tonquin Valley to ourselves for most of the weekend as I think many people saw the snow in Jasper and decided not to start on the trail. Some who had already started decided to cut their trip short.
The snow continued throughout the morning and nothing was visible beyond a hundred metres or so. By mid afternoon, the snow started to fall off the tree branches. By the following day, much of the snow had melted. By the day after, it was largely gone!
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