Until the stone I happened to be looking at suddenly up and left, and then landed on a frazzled fir cone. And now I could see it.
|Grey and green grasshopper, gravel coloured.|
I took photos from where I was, then, moving slowly, sat down on the stones to get a closer view. Of course, it leapt away. And try as I might, knowing it was within a metre or so, I could not see any sign of it.
It was about an inch and a bit long. I haven't been able to identify it. GPS coordinates: 49.897914, -125.149469.