Merioneth Peak

elevation: 2,683 m. height gain: 130 m. (from Harlech Peak)
area: Radium,BC map 82 K/9-10

Via Welsh Lakes. Ref: Aaron Cameron and Matt Gunn's Hikes around Invermere & the Columbia River Valley.
Just before reaching the first, lower lake, a cairn indicates a faint trail that shortcuts to Aberystwyth Lake, the fourth of the Welsh Lakes. We aimed for the north-east end of the lake and continued towards the Glamorgan/Harlech Col. The summit of Harlech Peak is easily reached. Continue north along the connecting ridge, Merioneth Peak is a short distance away.

scrambling down from harlech

Scrambling down from Harlech Peak.

nice ridge walk

A nice ridge walk leads to the summit in little time.
Scramble: RT 9.25 (including Harlech Peak); 0.5 up from Harlech Peak. Merioneth Peak is the most northerly of the Welsh Peaks; traversing to this summit is a must, it is only half an hour from Harlech Peak. The extension is easy and grants fine views of the Irish Peaks to the south-east and the Scotch Peaks to the north-west. The top is slightly higher than Harlech Peak and it is dotted by a big cairn. We extended our summit stay when it became apparent that we would not attempt Glamorgan Peak. We figured we needed a full day to allow time for route finding and unknown challenges. We enjoyed the splendor of the area so much that we were already making plans to return the following weekend!
almost there

Almost there.

at the top

At the summit cairn; no register but we found a small bottle of Sambuca.

irish peaks

Antrim Peak (left), Leitrim Peak (left center) and Killarney Peak (right center) are Irish Peaks.

heading back

Heading back down after a long summit stay.

phenomenal views

Phenomenal views along the way.

short climb back up

Short climb back up Harlech Peak.

exceptional contrast

The aqua blue lakes and the yellow larches grant exceptional contrast!

the lone larch again

Aiming for the vibrant lone larch again.

back at the pond

Back at the pond with Donegal and Connemara Peaks.

skooting to aberystwyth lake

We skooted over to Aberystwyth Lake.

more larches

More larches; they were the stars this weekend.

glamorgan peak

Glamorgan Peak looks daunting; the summit is at the southern end of the ridge.

carmarthen peak

Carmarthen Peak looms over Aberystwyth Lake.

leaving the lake

Leaving the lakeshore after another fine break.

main trail

Arriving on the main trail.

fine hike back

Enjoying the hike back to the trailhead.
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