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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-15-2015, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Default Rockbound Lake-Stuart Knob-Mitella Lake-Baker Creek(BNP)

I'm filing this because I found the trip beta for approaches to Mitella Lake in BNP to be non existent. This could be due to the decommissioning of the Baker Creek trail and/or the lack of any trail from Baker Creek to Mitella Lake. To be clear, we did not approach via that way but rather descended. We chose to approach via Rockbound Lake, summit Stuart Knob and then enjoy a spectacular 3.4km ridge walk due north to a 2748m point at "11u 0571960 5690430". From there it's 5km of pure splendour descending through several cliffbands in a NW direction to the headwall above Mitella Lake.

Again, because of the lack of data the last thing I wanted was us having to retreat from the headwall after walking 20km. So I brought a rope, harnesses and some gear to do a rap/lower IF we had to. Turns out we had to, but only because different people have different tolerance levels to exposure. Once that task was completed it was an easy 10min stroll to our camp with all the facilities one could imagine. A very large overhanging boulder-the size of a small house-provided convenient shelter from the day's final rainstorm.

The next day we descended the drainage from Mitella Lake to Baker Creek and then continued the 10km trek down Baker Creek(on left side proper) to Hwy 1A. Succinctly put: It's 17.7km total(give or take) of which 15km is pure bushwhacking hell. I don't recommend it and in my mind it's not fit for man nor beast. Using this as an approach to Mitella Lake is not recommended. An alternative of course would be over Protection Mt. but suffice to say, now I know why Mitella Lake is rarely visited, not to mention the sparse data.

But it truly is an adventure.
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how cool. Guys like you should post way more because you get to see things us mere mortals don't.
I am even having problems locating Mitella lake. Is it tucked in the valley between Armor/Bulwark peak to the west, and Avens/Pulsatilla to the east? So you basically walked from Stuart Knob towards Kane "Television peak", then dropped north to this valley?
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how cool. Guys like you should post way more because you get to see things us mere mortals don't.
I am even having problems locating Mitella lake. Is it tucked in the valley between Armor/Bulwark peak to the west, and Avens/Pulsatilla to the east? So you basically walked from Stuart Knob towards Kane "Television peak", then dropped north to this valley?

Correct on all counts. On my particular "GemTrek" map the valley is identified as "Wonder Valley" not to be confused of course with the one near Mt. Assiniboine. The lake itself is an intermittent lake and on some topos is identified as such, including the one below. If you were to plug in the following coordinates into the search box of Google Earth "11u 0569341 5693755" you would see an image(taken in the fall I believe) of an almost empty lake. check out the two map attachments for the route taken.
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Thank you! Can see that headwall now in Google Earth really well too. Also found nice Paul Zizka photo https://www.pinterest.com/pin/398709373233172232/ I wonder how he got there. What a fantastic secluded valley!
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yes, I saw that one too, and that was the only shot I ever found. It looks to me from my memory and perspective he took it from above the headwall. But I cant be sure.
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