Wednesday August 27th 2014
Last year I went to Rockbound Lake but did not go to the top of Helena Ridge Peak. The hike is a bit of a bore up until Tower Lake but it has to be done to reach the good stuff. The description of the hike is the same as last years so see Hyperlink http://wp.me/p39dPU-1jh click on photo’s to enlarge.
The trail to Tower Lake is about 5 km and 500 m. To Rockbound it is another 3.5 km and 700 m. The summit height gain is 1400m to Helena so another 700m from the lake.
To reach the cairn in the photo above follow the trail to the right of the lake and gain the small knob. From the knob the route is up the scree gully to the Col. At the top of the Col take a short breather and head off up more scree and rubble. Keep right with the big cairn insight as you work up the trails to the ridge. After soaking in the view of Johnstone Canyon and beyond. Head up the remaining 25 m to the summit.
This is the view of Stuart Knob. Ambitious scramblers can head off to this peak next. I believe you can down climb onto the ridge from Helena but I did not go all the way to confirm this. Next time maybe. As you can see in the shot below there is a faint trail
Distance return 22.0 km Time return 9 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation Accumulated gain 1540 m Elevation to Summit 1390 m Summit height 2896 m