Trip suggestions

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Trip suggestions

Post by treeplanter » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:12 pm

Elk lakes/ Height of the Rockies backpack trip.

Start at elk pass trailhead near Kananaskis lakes.

day 1: bike to B.C. border, then hike west elk pass to upper elk lake.
Fish upper and lower Aosta lakes, camp at upper elk lake.

day 2: hike over unamed pass to Cadorna lake.
Fish Cadorna lake and Cadorna creek (check the regs!),
camp at confluence of Abruzzi and Cadorna creeks

day 3: leave camp setup and day hike to Abruzzi lake.
Fish Abruzzi lake (there's a biffy and a bearpole at the lake but there's no firewood for miles)
same camp as night 2

day 4: hike out; down Cadorna creek and up the elk river logging road to the bikes
(hitching a ride the 16km up the elk river logging road should be no problem).

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Re: Trip suggestions

Post by admin » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:26 pm

I can second this.

I never got to Abruzzi but will at some point. The name of the pass is called Coral Pass. Funny we hitched a ride as well after getting back to the road, and got a beer! Otherwise that would have been a long walk up the road.

I know some people do a longer trip over Pass of the Clouds (past Abruzzi) and up to Limestone lakes then over to North Kananaskis pass. I plan to do this in the future. Not much for fishing between Abruzzi and Maude Lake. Tipperary Lake has no fish. Tried that.


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Re: Trip suggestions

Post by jamesgleason » Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:20 am

Trips suggestions are really nice! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us! Hiking must be exciting!

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Re: Trip suggestions

Post by treeplanter » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:59 pm

Pinto lake, Michelle lakes backpack trip.

Start at the Sunset pass trailhead on hwy 93 in Banff Nat. Park

Day 1: Hike to Pinto lake; there is a scrambly shortcut from Sunset pass straight to the west end of Pinto lake.
This route goes through the cliffs down a scree gully and involves an old rope that may or may not be usable.
No fishing allowed at Pinto lake
Camp at Pinto Lake (west shore has good firewood and good water from amazing big springs that feed the lake)

Day 2: hike to Michelle lakes
Cross outlet at east end of Pinto lake and follow faint Trail (maybe flagging or cairns) up ridgeline.
Some routefinding and a topo map should get you across some beautiful high country to Michelle lakes.
Camp and fish at Michelle lakes

Day 3: Hike out, down Owen Creek to hwy 11.
head up to unamed pass south of upper Michelle lake then down Owen creek.

Why I do this trip in this direction:
1) The trail up Owen creek is steep, long and technical; I would rather do it downhill on last day of trip (lighter pack)
2) Hitching on hwy 11 is more productive than on hwy 93
3) the old rope in the shortcut: if you are hoping to use it to go up and it's not working it will add 2-3 hrs to go back to
regular trail which leaves east end of Pinto Lake (the rope will be under snow until July some years).

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