It was a rare day for mid-October in the Rockies. Sunny and much warmer than average. Parks Canada closed the Moraine Lake Road on October 13th, so the possibility of cycling up to the lake, and having an iconic Canadian view all to myself was too great to pass up. While I was up there, I figured I would hike in to lower Consolation Lake and scramble up Panorama Ridge, before returning to my bike, gaining a bit more altitude, and then letting it rip downhill on the Moraine Lake Highline trail. This was a big day out, with over 1500 metres of elevation gain in total, and 37 kilometres of distance, but was all worth it, given the rare opportunity to enjoy these sites in peace and quiet in ideal conditions.