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Whaleback Mountain Traverse
Timestamp Free: 2019.10.20 - 15:04:04
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Waputik Mountains
Difficulty: 3: Good approach trail, steep boulders and scree, off-trail hiking, routefinding
Instructions on a route traversing Whaleback mountain, near Little Yoho.
This wonderful outing gives fine views and is great as a half-day trip from the Little Yoho when weather or other details impose. Begin at the outhouse behind the Stanely Mitchell Hut (51:30.4-116:33.8), where the trail departs for Isolated Col. Follow this switchbacking trail into the idyllic valley above, adn then follow cairns to the boulderfield below Isolated Col (51:32.6-116:34.2). Scramble up to the pinnacled col and then head SE along Whaleback Mountain to its highpoint (51:32.4-116:33.6). Either return the same way, or carry on SE (51:31.8-116:32.5) to where you can drop into the Little Yoho Valley. With care, it is also possible to descend the NE face of Whaleback Mountain to the Waterfall Valley....
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