After reading zeljkok’s trip report, we could not resist a trip into JO29, where we camped for three nights. Time is a luxury when hiking from a base camp, as we got to spend an entire day at each of Pulsatilla Lake and Badger Pass. The views are big and bold, the landscape is beautiful and the fall colours are gorgeous. We spent hours wandering around the north and then west sides of the lake. The west side is particularly inviting, hidden by the wall of rock is a small pool of water, fed by the waterfall, the pool then makes its way to the lake through a break in the rock, such an idyllic space back there. To top it all off, a couple of loons were on the lake. Prior to hiking back up the pass, we roamed around the mid ramp of the ridge on the west side. After reaching the pass, we hiked up to the high point on the east side for views.
The next day we headed up to Badger Pass, it was very windy at the pass, so we had our lunch break tucked behind the edge of the mountain on the right side, out of the wind. After lunch, it was time to explore the incredible bands of rock on the other side of the pass. Then we spotted a ridge and thought we may hike up to get views. There are small tarns at the bottom of the ridge, among all of this fascinating rock, which would be a great destination in its own right, and a fine place to relax among the rocks. But we headed up to the ridge, which was steeper than anticipated. The views were really magnificent at the top, mountains as far as we could see, and a stunning view of the tarn down below the other side of the ridge. We had very good descent, as we found a channel of huge flat boulders going straight down, which made for better progress.
On day four, we hiked out, the Ranger Cabin is a great place to stop for a lunch break. This is a superb backpacking trip, JO29 is fantastic and very few people are about. Thanks to zeljkok for this one.
Fall colours toward Pulsatilla Pass
Pulsatilla Lake and view toward the pass
Water from pond flowing down into the lake
View from top of ridge, Badger Pass is just around the bend on the right
Interesting bands of rock and small tarn at base of ridge
View of tarn on the other side of the ridge