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post #1036 of (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 02:10 PM
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Anyone know how much snow Skoki area has currently and where it might be in another week and a half?

I have a trip planned to Merlin Meadows CG next weekend (June 22nd) and I see on the trip report that it is still saying it is "snow bound" on the pass and mud / snow at the other elevations. I have read online that the snow pack melt is 1 week ahead of last year and when I visited June 30th last year there was essentially no snow (https://imgur.com/gallery/x2fGBIY).

I know the hike isn't crazy steep or strenuous, am I foolish for expecting it to be fine?
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post #1037 of (permalink) Old 06-18-2019, 12:40 AM
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Anyone know how much snow Skoki area has currently and where it might be in another week and a half?

I have a trip planned to Merlin Meadows CG next weekend (June 22nd) and I see on the trip report that it is still saying it is "snow bound" on the pass and mud / snow at the other elevations. I have read online that the snow pack melt is 1 week ahead of last year and when I visited June 30th last year there was essentially no snow (https://imgur.com/gallery/x2fGBIY).

I know the hike isn't crazy steep or strenuous, am I foolish for expecting it to be fine?
There is a post on the Scrambling in the Canadian Rockies Facebook group page (June 17) with a partial panorama from Skoki (?) Mountain indicating that the Skoki area is drying out very rapidly.

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Right on, well I'm leaving in about 15 minutes regardless of the 10cm of snow that fell last night. Wish me luck!
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post #1039 of (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 01:02 PM
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So I made it out Sunday afternoon, there was definitely still a fair bit amount of snow and some minor post holing up at the passes but it was very manageable and I am happy I went. I attached some photos for reference as well.
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I'm booked for the above trail as a overnight at Little yoho camp ground on the 15th of this month and was wondering if any one has up to date trail conditions , is there still much snow on the trail? If so what may I expect to find along the route? Other need to know information would be appreciated
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post #1041 of (permalink) Old 09-26-2019, 07:08 PM
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not so fast. Ha Ling Miners is closed until further notice. You do have other options however as mentioned.


https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/ka...isories/#35056
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Ha Ling trail has reopened in August '19, after year-long closure. This trail has all the trademark signs of North Van Grouse Grind -- insane amount of traffic, eroded conditions, there are now stairs and railings etc. (Views are infinitely better though).


Brief write-up with couple of pics https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calga...rail-1.5243040

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post #1043 of (permalink) Old 12-25-2019, 12:15 AM
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I am planning to hike the fortune mountain by crossing the spray lake this year end weekend. Does anyone know if the ice in the lake are thick enough to walk across?
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I hiked up the Willow Creek trail from Rock Lake to Rock Creek yesterday. The 32 km Rock Lake Road was in very good shape until 2.5 Kms from the Willmore staging area, where I was stopped by a snowdrift. The first three Kms is still snow covered, but hard packed by snowmobiles so it was easy walking. The rest of the trail was a mix of snow, mud and nice dry spots. At km 6.0 a beaver dam has destroyed a small bridge and making the crossing quite deep, about four feet. So I walked downstream a short distance and crossed the water on the beaver dam. It was easy going. I was about two weeks to early, but I did this trip last year on April 23rd with minimal snow. By May long weekend this trail should be very good.
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I just came back from attempting to reach Blackstone Gap by 4WD truck. The road is still blocked by deep snow in shady areas. I got stuck in snow and had to hike out 19 km to Chungo Creek Outfitter to request assistance. Returned the following day with outfitter Corey Kristoff via OHV. Using tire chains and a winch, we got out only after a long day of slow progress winching up the hill.

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The gap is almost 1700 m in altitude. I tried to get to the Cardinal Divide today and had to turn around at about 1600 m. That sucks that you got stuck
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Well, yeah, it wasn't what I wanted, but it was an adventure of sorts. When Corey and I plus two of his friends arrived at my truck, we were surprised to discover two other Edmonton hikers and their Ford truck. They were all packed up to head to the gap and beyond, but Corey convinced them that they would not be driving out without help. So the adventure actually involved myself and another party in the same predicament.

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post #1048 of (permalink) Old 06-24-2020, 02:55 PM
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Hey all,

Any recent updates on the snow levels in Banff and Jasper NP's backcountry?

I am ITCHING to get out in the next couple of weeks but am unsure what is the best bet. Options include Pipestone Pass/Devon Lakes/Clearwater/Red Deer Rivers
- or - Topaz, Azure and Hardscrabble/Glacier Pass in JNP/Wilmore.

If anyone has been out and about - I'd appreciate any feedback.

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Hey all,

Any recent updates on the snow levels in Banff and Jasper NP's backcountry?

I am ITCHING to get out in the next couple of weeks but am unsure what is the best bet. Options include Pipestone Pass/Devon Lakes/Clearwater/Red Deer Rivers
- or - Topaz, Azure and Hardscrabble/Glacier Pass in JNP/Wilmore.

If anyone has been out and about - I'd appreciate any feedback.

Thanks!

Stuart

I don't know about Jasper, but there is lots of wet snow all over BNP. That means miserable postholing on Molar Pass and probably later on Pipestone Pass with very muddy trail in lower elevations. Its too early
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Hey all,

Any recent updates on the snow levels in Banff and Jasper NP's backcountry?

I am ITCHING to get out in the next couple of weeks but am unsure what is the best bet. Options include Pipestone Pass/Devon Lakes/Clearwater/Red Deer Rivers
- or - Topaz, Azure and Hardscrabble/Glacier Pass in JNP/Wilmore.

If anyone has been out and about - I'd appreciate any feedback.

Thanks!

Stuart
The water is really high at the moment so crossing the Wild Hay to get to Hardscrabble Pass could be a challenge. I tried to get up Rocky Pass last week and there was quite a bit of snow. I managed to get a backcountry camp for three nights in Jasper starting Sunday. I will be getting quite high, hopefully, so I could let you know in a week. People on other sites have been reporting lots of snow up high in Jasper.
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