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Campus Pass, Jasper National Park
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.28 - 05:09:42
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: Dieter Kepper
Difficulty: 2: The only real difficulty is the thrashing through very thick bush for a couple of kms.
Long day hike to the seldom visited Campus Pass area
The day started overcast and remained that way for most of the day, although it did clear enough in the afternoon for some decent pictures. From the trailhead the trail immediately drops to the outflow of Cavell Lake. This is the view. This picture was taken on my return when the weather was better [photo]cavel.jpg[caption]Mt.Edith Cavell and Cavell Lake[/photo]

Follow the Astoria River trail, which gradually trends downhill, for four kms to the jct with the Verdant pass trail. This trail climbs up above the Astoria River valley and follows Verdant creek, although at this point you don't see Verdant Creek. Within about two kms or so I passed Throne Mt and views of my destination came into view across the valley to the west. I stayed on the Verdant Pass trail for another km until I could see the outflow creek from Buttress Lake. Having been up to Verdant Pass many times, I figured getting into the Campus Valley area would be easiest from the south end of the valley. When I got to where the outflow was across the valley I left the Verdant Pass trail and dropped rapidly to Verdant Creek, a drop of maybe 100 meters. Finding a crossing of the creek wasn't too difficult mainly because the creek isn't that big that high into the pass. But earlier in the year, the crossing could be dicey. Once across the river I had to climb a little hill, maybe 50 or 60 meters and I just followed the sound of the falls. I again had to drop 50 or so meters which got me to the outflow stream of Buttress Lake and these waterfalls. [photo]falls.jpg[caption]Small falls on the outflow of Buttress Lake[/photo]

After crossing the stream the climb up beside the waterfall was easy and after I levelled off I was able to continue on bare rock for a while, but soon I found myself in some of...

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