Notes From The Field – The Burgess Shale Hike

The hike to the famous Walcott Quarry in the Burgess Shale near Field, British Columbia, was one of my highlights of the AWG field trip.The hike was long and seemed to go on forever – especially the climb up to the quarry. It was in total about 11 km into the quarry and then 11 km out. And of course it was raining, and this time a bit of sleet and snow was added to the mix just to keep life interesting. But it was well worth it just to see the setting where the Cambrian Burgess Shale fauna comes from. Again, I’ll dispense with words, and go right to the views.

The start of the hike.

The start of the hike.

View from the Burgess Shale hike trail.

View from the Burgess Shale hike trail.

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Emerald Lake as seen from the hiking trail.

The Walcott Quarry.

The Walcott Quarry.

The Walcott Quarry - another view.

The Walcott Quarry – another view.

A trilobite found just below the quarry.

A trilobite found just below the quarry.

Sidneyia - an extinct arthropod from the quarry workings.

Sidneyia – an extinct arthropod from the quarry workings.