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Bike and Hike to the headwaters of Whitehorse Creek
Timestamp Free: 2020.04.05 - 01:22:11
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Nikanassin Range
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 675m
Participants: Dieter Kepper (solo)
Difficulty: 2: Not very difficult, just a lot of creek crossings
This is a hike into a little seen valley on the eastern edge of Jasper national park.
This is a trip that I have done a few times. It's an area that few people go to and although there aren't too many tall peaks around here, there is still some wonderful scenery. My destination today was to Whitehorse Falls and then on to the headwaters of Whitehorse Creek. Actually there are three headwaters, but this is the one I love to go to. The trail starts at the end of the Whitehorse Creek Provincial campground and the first 12.0 kms makes for an enjoyable bike ride, although there are some muddy spots. In the late 70's you could drive a 4X4 to the falls, but when this area became a provincial park in the mid 90's they outlawed motorized vehicles. This trail is the same as the Fiddle Pass Trail for the first 6.0 kms where the Pass trail branches off to the north west. There has been a proliferation of horse outfitters in this area, but they mostly turn off to the Pass, so after that junction you see very few people. Except, of course, during hunting season where you'll find more people around. This is a popular sheep hunting area. I started out early and the air was cool. There had been many forest fires burning and I wanted to get to my destination before the smoke got too bad. The trail, for the most part, was in great shape.
[photo]bike.jpg[caption]Start of the bike trip[/photo]
There are numerous creek crossing, but none are difficult, some you can even ride through. The last two kms of bike ride is in the shadows of some big walls and remains cold, even when the sun is out. This is the view as you approach the falls. These two unnamed peaks are almost identical and I have named them Lobo 1, on the left and Lobo 2 on the right. The valley that I will be hiking up...
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