From Fay’s Lake you can hike through an open alpine basin and by tiny creeks to a spacious alpine ridge that is only 150 m (500 ft.) higher.
The best reason to backpack to Fay’s Lake is the marvellous alpine hike you can do the next day. The wilderness route goes around the remote high country of Diorite Creek and up a ridge to the summit of Teepee Mountain.
We camped in an alpine basin tucked deep in the Rocky Mountains. During one visit, thunderstorms rumbled in the distance all afternoon and as we approached the tarn the rain began. At the campsite, the remains of a tree that had been exploded into slivers by lightning lay in the deep valley, far from the mountaintops and ridges. It unnerved us to see such a large tree so low in the valley destroyed by lightning.
Our small group rushed to set up tents before the inevitable downpour began, and just in time. The storm hit with such power that lightning and thunder walloped simultaneously and continued strike after strike for almost an hour.
The meadow we camped in flooded in several places and one lightning strike started a rockslide not far above us. Among the concealing clouds, we could only hear its threatening sound somewhere above us and nearby our camp. All we could do was wait and listen. Eventually the stones stopped clattering, but still the storm raged around us. The deafening roar of wind collapsed and ballooned our flimsy shelters until finally the storm blew over and the valley returned to quiet. I have camped at Fay’s Lake many times and the storms there seem to be more extreme than many other places.
Afterward, while drying our parkas by the fire, we discussed the storm and felt the bond of our friendships grow stronger.