This is the second objective of the day, after finishing Little Odaray in the morning. I quickly made my way up towards Lake McArthur, using the Highline Trail. This trail goes through a rock chimney. Another big WOW moment waited for me at Lake McArthur!!
The ascent slope of Mount Schaffer looks straightforward but involves a lot of slog... Good this was, the scree wasn't that loose despite the appearance. I quickly gained the shoulder, known as Schaffer Ledge, where I took the 2nd break of the day (first break was at the summit of Little O). I quickly consumed a muffin. Looking back, Lake McArthur looks like a volcano crater! It's a must-visit area in the Rockies.
The upper ridge looks more than easy scrambling though, but once starting the ascent, you'll find it's straightforward. There's a beaten path, as well as, tens of cairns. I followed the ridge crest which gives some moderate scrambling. All of the difficulties are circumventable on climber's left side though. Soon I made to the summit. It's actually the west end of Schaffer Ridge, but a huge summit register helped me confirming I made to the summit. This summit view is better than Little Odaray and Yukness Mountain. Unbelievable! I also scrambled to the next high point, which is only 5min away.
It was only 3pm and I thought I should hurry up and catch up the 4:30 bus. Therefore I didn't stay long but quickly made my way down the slope. Coming down Schaffer was fast and it only took me 20min ish to descend to Lake McArthur. The afternoon sun is much better for photographing this lake.
Shaffer Lake looks much better in the afternoon! Another bonus for the day. I ran down the switchback section, and quickly made my way down to Elizabeth Parker Hut. Huber looks impressive, as always. At the end of the day, I went to the Lake O'Hara lake shore for quick photos. Round trip time: 7.25 hours bus to bus. Lake O'Hara is definitely the heaven on earth, especially in larch season. I can't recommend more for those who hasn't visited this area before.. The reality is much better than what the photos show, and you gotta have to experience it by yourself. For peak-baggers, there're 4 scrambles in this area: Little Odaray, Mount Schaffer, Yukness Mountain, Wiwaxy Peaks East Tower. I've got 3 of them, and even if I got all 4, I'll come back for sure. I generally don't go on a trip without ascending a peak, but this area is an exception.