Mt Field

Mt Wapta looking across the Burgess Shale

August 10th 2018

Mt Field trail head is off Hwy 1 just 0.4 km before the Field turn off. A paved pot holed  road parallels  Hwy 1. This is actually the start of the Burgess Pass which according to Gem Trek Maps has 52 switch backs. In an elevation gain of 915 m. Mostly in Douglas Fir and Cedar forest. At the crest of the pass turn right and come to the sign in the photo. Follow trail to Yoho Pass. The trail looses 30 m of elevation to the gully. Easier in the grass and trees to the right of the gully .Walk through until near the end of the green and angle to your right. Head towards the furthest watershed of Mt Field on your right. See my line drawn on picture. The mistake we made was not going this far right and after struggling up crap rock we got to the cliff band and did not like the options. Walking along the cliff band we found the easy way up through. The summit is not far above the cliff band. Because of this summers smoke most of the views are obscured. We could just see Takakkaw falls, Mt Burgess Emerald lake and the town of field. At one point I could see Mt Carnarvon and the President Range.


Trail head to Mt Field and Burgess Pass

This says it all 7.5 km of switch backs from Field plus 915 m elevation gain

Walked over this instead of up the gully. Near the end of green angle right to far right watershed

Coming down the shale best way up as well


Further down the drainage .Aiming for the end of the summit ridge Right

Ron coming down the drainage Crux still in sight

View just below crux Note cairn

This is the crux at the far south end Note cairn

This is what we walked up came down a better route

This way up Ron found the easy crux

Summit shot of Mt Wapta through the smoke

Ron on the summit cell coverage included

Mt Field route we came down and should have gone up


Distance return 19.1 km Time return 8 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation Accumulated gain 1426 m Elevation to Summit 1385 m Summit height 2646 m

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