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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-24-2017, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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It's late April and yet another blizzard has me stuck at home dreaming of summer hiking season. This is a nice little hike that I did last September 12th. The trailhead is located about 12 kms north of the Ice fields Centre. There is a good sized pullout along the highway and you can see your destination across the Sunwapta river. Crossing the river in mid September is easy and you'll see the rough trail on the south side of the river. Quickly you start to climb alongside a pretty canyon with nice waterfalls. After a while the trail, which goes in and out of the trees, starts to drop back to the creek. The trail stays on the south side of the creek for it's entire length. After three kms you get to boulder field and it's difficult to follow a trail. Essentially, you stay close to the creek and after about five kms the creek turns northwest. I didn't continue on the trail along the creek as I continued up a small meadow where I had great views of the surrounding area. I did, according to my GPS, 14.0 kms return and 600 meters elevation gain. If you continue on the trail for another few kms you get to a pretty little glacial lake. This is a great little hike that offers magnificent views.



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Who doesn't like a photo of goats! And of course views of glaciers and waterfalls always make for a great day out. Is that the climbers trail to Woolley Shoulder?
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Yes it is the trail to Woolley Shoulder
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Ah, well hopefully I'll be up that way this year. Maybe I'll get to see those lovely shaggy, white beasties!

It's tough to look at photos of summer or fall right now, with the snow falling like crazy outside my window, makes me wonder when it will arrive. I know, I know... it's only April. But it's a strange phenomenon, with melt out happening below treeline after each snowfall, yet everything above treeline is getting plastered with fresh snow pretty much every few days and not shifting.
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I've been wanting for years to go that way too; over Wooley shoulder & overnight at Lloyd McKay Hut, then try to scramble Little Alberta. Phil, maybe we could team up?

Fantastic set of images lobo! Nice to confirm that crossing of Sunwapta is not an issue late in season too
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Very nice. Thanks for posting.
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Magnificent views indeed. Your photos are stunning.

Thanks for sharing!
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Beautiful set of photos; giving us such stunning views of all the vistas you have experienced.

Truly a very hearty thank you for sharing

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It's been decades since I was back in there. As I recall there were bivy corrals on the gravel flats at the head of the valley. The first time in there was at the start of an epic trip that saw us bivy on Wooley Shoulder our first night and bag Wooley by the south face route the next day. Storm with lightning drove us back down before we could tag Diadem. This was pre-hut. Wooley Shoulder is a scree bash of epic proportions but the view from there is outstanding.

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Wooley Shoulder is a scree bash of epic proportions but the view from there is outstanding.
That south route looks like fun if you're only going up Woolley. And yes the views are pretty good from that shoulder.






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