July 27th Wednesday 2016
Molar Pass South to Molar Pass North are accessed from the Icefield Parkway Hwy 93 N. 23 km from Hwy 1 at Lake Louise junction. Park across the road at the hostel parking not the camp ground. The trail starts on the north side of the creek. Jump over the Armco road barrier. Then follow the creek up to the campsite at 5 km. Then the signed junction at 6.5 km. Then pass flower filled meadows on the muddy trail to the South Col 1.7 km further 8.2 km in total. Take in the views of Mt Hector and the Molar Glacier and Molar Mountain. Molar glacier is not on Molar Mt. The Dolomites and Watermelon Peak (it does not look like a melon) to the north. The route to Molar North can be taken over the top along a ridge with a couple of peaks and castellated rocks, Lego blocks, but we went down until the rocks stopped and headed across the meadows under the ridge. Try to keep following under the ridge above until the other trail comes into view. It is a bit of slog up a scree path to the North Col. The rock formations in this area look like some one has built them with Lego very interesting. We did not stay very long as dark cloud was approaching. Not long after it was thundering with heavy rain and hail. Not a tree insight to shelter under so we got a good soaking. Lower down there had been no rain.
Distance return 27.1 km Time return 8 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation Accumulated gain 890 m Elevation to Summit 760 m Summit height 2605 m