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Titkana Peak from Berg Lake via Snowbird Pass
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.11 - 04:55:52
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Rainbow Range (Robson)
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1200m
Participants: Vern D
Difficulty: 1: With limited or no snow this is a hike.
An easy peak with mind-blowing views in the Berg Lake / Mount Robson area.
In order to get to Titkana Peak, I first had to hike to the Snowbird Meadows and up to Snowbird Pass. Considering the number of people that must do this hike each year, I was quite surprised to discover how few trip reports are out there on this relatively easy peak. I think part of the problem for most folks is how far the hike to Snowbird Pass is (over 20km return). The views from the pass and the approach are so good already that I think most people are content to turn back at the pass rather than continue up Tatei Ridge to Titkana Peak.

The morning dawned clear but quite cold - probably in the -5 degree range. I didn't have my watch but when it got light outside I forced myself out of the warm sleeping bag and into the crisp air outside. Robson looked spectacular over Berg Lake as I drank my morning coffee and got my gear together. I knew it would be a full day and after the long approach the day previous I also didn't want to be pressured to move quickly but rather take my time - as much as it's possible for me to do that anyway.

[photo]titkana001.jpg[caption]Frosty, fall morning.[/photo]

[photo]snowbird16.jpg[caption]The trail approaches the Robson Glacier - a long way away, considering 60 years ago it covered this area![/photo]

I'll let my photos do most of the talking for the Snowbird Pass hike, but suffice it to say that it's one of the most spectacular hikes I've ever done, and I've done more than a few over the years. The trail is obvious and signed where it needs to be. Don't underestimate the length or difficulty - if you're not used to 20km+ days with frozen scree, loose rocks and 800 meters of elevation gain you will feel this one once it's over. But don't panic - even getting half way is well worth it, and the Snowbird Meadows are a wonderful...

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