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Waputik - Southwest Slopes
Timestamp Free: 2019.09.21 - 13:12:07
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Waputik Icefield
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Difficulty: 3:
A short and simple scramble into a wild corner of Banff National Park, close to two major highways but seldom visited.
Participant: Graeme Pole 1996.08.01

This is a short and simple outing into a wild corner of Banff National Park, close to two major highways but seldom visited. Carry river shoes, especially if Bath Creek is in spate.

Park at the Lost Lake trailhead (51:27.6-116:16.2) on the north side of the Trans-Canada Highway, 1.2 km east of Kicking Horse Pass. Cross the railway tracks on foot, watch for goop on the ties and rails. Also watch for bears, the area is notorious for bruins feeding on grain spilled on the railway tracks. Don't follow the path beaten to Lost Lake, but instead, follow the northeast bank of Bath Creek. For a short distance, you follow an old logging and mining right-of-way. You'll see a ruined hut, various bric-a-brac, and sections of corduroy road. After that, you'll have to bushwhack for about 2 km until you get a 2 km reprieve of relatively easy travel along gravel flats. From the west end of the gravel flats (51:24.0-116:20.1), head NNW on steep, grassy slopes (tremendous wildflowers in August.) The route is obvious, with one tributary to ford low down, but there are some real snarls of old-growth forest before the grassy slopes, and some surprising up-and-down contours above. The 360 degree view from the summit (51:30.4-116:19.0) is staggering; the detail of the upper reaches of Bath Creek particularly...

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