Burstall Pass to South Burstall Pass

Mt Robertson with Glacier left & French  Glacier right

Mt Robertson with Glacier left & French Glacier right

August 21st Wednesday

Change of area as we head up into the Spray lakes, Peter Loughheed Park. The road up from Canmore is dry and very dusty. Trucks are on the road still sorting out the banks and ditches from the Big Flood.The good news the Burstall area is in good shape. There are a couple of spots where damage has accured, but no big washouts.

Start from the Burstall parking lot opposite from Chester Lake. Walk past Mud Lake keeping to the trail straight ahead and follow the trail into the trees. No more guessing until the trail opens into the Burstall Creek flood plain. It is 3.0km to the bike racks and 0.5 km to the Creek.

Putting on river crossing shoes

Putting on river crossing shoes

The Creeks alluvial fan is wide but in August it is possible to hop across without getting wet.

Burstall Creek Alluvial Fan

Burstall Creek Alluvial Fan

The trail starts to climb up the pass after the Creek crossing and the views of Mt Birdwood start to appear.

Mt Birdwood, Pigs Tail & Commonwealth Peak

Mt Birdwood, Pigs Tail & Commonwealth Peak

When out of the trees the  Burstall Pass trail goes up to the Col, we took off across country to the Ridge above South Burstall Pass.

Red line shows approx route

Red line shows approx route

The lower line bypasses the first peak which is slightly lower and is the easier route.

Direct route to first peak

Direct route to first peak

A few spots after leaving the soft grass meadows need a bit of rock scrambling no exposure.

Lunch at the top gives you all these views.

Leman Lake

Leman Lake

Looking down Palliser Pass trail  Mt Assinaboine distant left

Looking down Palliser Pass trail Mt Assinaboine distant left

The descent comes down into the South pass with the Robertson Glacier dominating the view with the Whistling Ridge defining the valley.

Coming down off the summit ridge

Coming down off the summit ridge

The return route is back down the Pass heading towards the Burstall Pass trail we left earlier. Watch out for hidden rock holes. The limestone has washout forming large cracks and deep gaps.

A deep rock crevasse

A deep rock crevasse

Total return distance 19.5 km.   Total elevation gain 740 m. Time return with stops 7 hrs.

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  1. John Victor says:

    Nice pictures Bill (:-).

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