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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-08-2011, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Default Lake O'Hara Alpine Circuit Revisited

Two weeks ago I went to Lake O'Hara to do the Alpine Circuit the third time with a bunch of my friends. This hike on many lists as one of the best hikes in the world:

And the Coplands find it to be perhaps the best hike in the world:

This is definitely the most scenic day-hike in the Rockies. And I was glad to do it the third time. I prefer repeating beautiful hikes or scrambles to viewless scree bashing to attain a summit with average views (probably at least a half of all Kane's scrambles).

For a such fantastic hike, there is very little information available on-line. When I googled "alpine circuit", the first what I stumbled upon was my own TR that I had posted on this forum a few years ago:

This time I went to Lake O'Hara with 10 friends. Despite a large group, we were able to get up very early to dispatch Lake O'Hara fire road and arrive at the Lake in less than 2.5 hours. The Alpine Circuit is not an easy hike - some in my group found it challenging, but everyone completed the loop. Our group was not moving as fast as I hoped so we didn't have the time to do All Soul's Traverse and a short detour to McArthur Lake to be back to board the last (6:30pm) bus. So we did a shorter version of the circuit (Wiwaxy Gap- Huber Ledges- Lake Oesa- Yukness Ledges- Opabin Lake- Western Opabin Trail). If you have a time, All Soul's Traverse is a great extension of the loop and beautiful McArthur Lake is only a stone's thrown from it. You will do it in one push easily if you start the circuit before 10am, or even later if you are fast.

I will surely do this fantastic hike again in a few years.

<center>Wiwaxy Gap</center>

<center>Huber Ledges to Lake Oesa</center>

<center>Yukness Ledges</center>

<center>Opabin Plateau</center>
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-08-2011, 10:07 AM
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Amazing. I'm hoping to do this in when the larches turn in a few weeks.

Did you catch the shuttle down at the end of the hike?
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Stunning pictures. What a beautiful place
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-08-2011, 10:36 AM
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That is fantastic area indeed; in couple of weeks larches will be fantastic in Opabin Plateau
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Great photos! That is an area I will hopefully visit soon. I'm glad you had better weather than your previous trip.
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post #6 of (permalink) Old 09-08-2011, 03:53 PM
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Excellent pics of the most beautiful hiking area in "BC-not-Alberta".

Anyway, thanks for posting them!
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post #7 of (permalink) Old 09-08-2011, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks you all for the nice comments.

Davin: Opabin Plateau and the area around MacArthur Lake teem with larch trees. You will have a blast if weather cooperates. Yes, we returned to Le Relais Shelter shortly before 6pm to catch the 6:30pm bus.

ian779: Right, I was lucky to have clear blue skies with no haze in the area. It's usually other way around.

pmjwright: BC board is all about Vancouver based hikes (90% of it anyway). I often miss great TRs from the BC side of the Rockies just because they have been posted on a board that has little to do with the Rockies. I assume many people do the same. On the contrary, anyone interested in the Rockies checks Alberta board. Therefore, posting Lake O'Hara TR on Alberta board seems to me a very logical decision. We have been discussing this topic a lot on this forum in the past.
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OK,that's it!!!! I am going there,thank you SO much for sharing this I'm headed up that way on the 19th and was having a hard time picking hikes,you just made up my mind for me!!! AMAZING pictures,I'm so excited now YAY!!!!!
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Those are magnificent shots. Thanks for sharing.
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Awesome, and very happy looking friends, thanks for the glimpse of nature over there.
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