Spring came early to Black Mountain this year, most years the boardwalks would still be covered with snow and the challenge would be to avoid postholing. But the ground remains sopping wet with long stretches of oozing mud ready to trap the unwary hiker. Not sure why part of the walk collapsed here, maybe one of the fat bears waddling off to hibernation last fall. Here your choice is to return downhill or hike 3 kilometres to Eagle Bluffs. Your choice.