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post #1051 of (permalink) Old 06-24-2020, 06:06 PM
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Looks high, but I'm not calibrated to know what's a safe, fordable level.

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Between high river levels in the valleys and heavy snow packs in the passes, it's hard to find anyplace that's both accessible and remote. I was thinking of leaving for Cairn Pass via Rocky Pass on Saturday. I don't own snowshoes.

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The water is very high in Jasper at the moment. This is the Whirlpool River and the Moab Lake Road, which is closed. Numerous backcountry bridges, the few that we have left, are in jeopardy.
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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.
We are going to attempt Rock Lake to Hardscrabble/Glacier passes and back in a couple of weeks. I will report back when we are finished!

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We are going to attempt Rock Lake to Hardscrabble/Glacier passes and back in a couple of weeks. I will report back when we are finished!

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You're heading up there with Marty? He invited me along but unfortunately I can't make it. Have a great trip.
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You're heading up there with Marty? He invited me along but unfortunately I can't make it. Have a great trip.
Yep! Too bad you can't join us. Gonna be a good one if we don't have any high water issues. Next time!!
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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.
Awesome post. Heading out there this week. How far downstream is the beaver dam? We encountered that deep spot with no bridge late last summer heading into the NBT - but waded. (we were running very late due to cars dropped at Mt. Robson) Not interested in wading if I can avoid it this time!!

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Awesome post. Heading out there this week. How far downstream is the beaver dam? We encountered that deep spot with no bridge late last summer heading into the NBT - but waded. (we were running very late due to cars dropped at Mt. Robson) Not interested in wading if I can avoid it this time!!

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The beaver dam downstream is not far off the trail at all. I had a big snow drift to go through which made it more difficult. On my return I crossed on the much bigger beaver dam upstream, again not verY far from the trail, which was considerably easier. I知 not sure what those dams will look like at the moment because of the flooding going on, but if you can, take the larger upstream crossing. You may even be able to cross where the old bridge was because the flooding may have wiped away the lower dam. Rock Creek could also be a challenge during high water.
I hope that you and Marty have a good time.
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Awesome post. Heading out there this week. How far downstream is the beaver dam? We encountered that deep spot with no bridge late last summer heading into the NBT - but waded. (we were running very late due to cars dropped at Mt. Robson) Not interested in wading if I can avoid it this time!!

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Just watched the "Injury hike" video. I am sorry you had the mishap. But it's for the better; you guys went WAY TOO EARLY. I was just on the area (July 14, 8 days after you) and had aerial view of Pipestone - too much snow! Too early!



(see https://forums.clubtread.com/130-can...pipestone.html it will also give you bit more info for future).



You also mixed up peaks; looking back from Molar Meadows is Noseeum peak, not Mosquito. Mosquito is second left of North Molar Pass.

Heal, and come back in August. And listen more to people that know the area and conditions when planning such ambitious backcountry trip

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Beautiful photo, Zeljkok.

Love that scene.

Amazing this thread started by Rachelo more than 11 years ago, and still going strong.

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Just watched the "Injury hike" video. I am sorry you had the mishap. But it's for the better; you guys went WAY TOO EARLY. I was just on the area (July 14, 8 days after you) and had aerial view of Pipestone - too much snow! Too early!



(see https://forums.clubtread.com/130-can...pipestone.html it will also give you bit more info for future).



You also mixed up peaks; looking back from Molar Meadows is Noseeum peak, not Mosquito. Mosquito is second left of North Molar Pass.

Heal, and come back in August. And listen more to people that know the area and conditions when planning such ambitious backcountry trip

Thanks man. Apologies on the mixup I was not quite myself on this trip obviously. And yes it was way too early this year no question. But you know when your book planes and have a plan you look for a plan B or C and adjust from there. I keep threatening to move the Canmore and opening up another family bakery so perhaps I値l be much more in the know as a local when that happens. Ha ha!

I知 fully recovered it was my IT band again and I知 about to do a quick two or three day hike in Fundy national Park just to make sure I知 good. I will be back out in August but I think I知 going to head up to the Willmore wilderness area and hard scrabble pass OR do around Southesk lake. I知 not sure yet I知 just gonna wait and see what the conditions are like and pick something remote. I really want to get out there away from the crowds.

Yeah and when I wrenched my knee I knew the conditions were not gonna be good. In fact when Marty's video comes out I think we will see some serious crap over Pipestone pass and down to Devon lakes etc...

Seeing snow just up the trail from mosquito Creek campsite helped me make my decision not to carry on with my injury because I knew that the further we got up the alpine the worse it was going to be.

As always I think this is the best hiking forum on the Internet and I appreciate all of the advice you guys have given me over the years.

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Thanks man. Apologies on the mixup I was not quite myself on this trip obviously. And yes it was way too early this year no question. But you know when your book planes and have a plan you look for a plan B or C and adjust from there. I keep threatening to move the Canmore and opening up another family bakery so perhaps I値l be much more in the know as a local when that happens. Ha ha!

I知 fully recovered it was my IT band again and I知 about to do a quick two or three day hike in Fundy national Park just to make sure I知 good. I will be back out in August but I think I知 going to head up to the Willmore wilderness area and hard scrabble pass OR do around Southesk lake. I知 not sure yet I知 just gonna wait and see what the conditions are like and pick something remote. I really want to get out there away from the crowds.

Yeah and when I wrenched my knee I knew the conditions were not gonna be good. In fact when Marty's video comes out I think we will see some serious crap over Pipestone pass and down to Devon lakes etc...

Seeing snow just up the trail from mosquito Creek campsite helped me make my decision not to carry on with my injury because I knew that the further we got up the alpine the worse it was going to be.

As always I think this is the best hiking forum on the Internet and I appreciate all of the advice you guys have given me over the years.

Stu

Glad you recovered. There is real passion in you for the outdoors in you & I really think you need to cross the next step. Watching your terrific videos and seeing you going "ahhh" and "ohhh" when you see some peak from valley bottom, I just can't help thinking how much much much more you can have. For example, South Boundary is epic and all that, but in many respects a waste of time from scenery perspective; 7-10 days for Cairn Pass (where it rained for you), Brazeau Lake and Nigel Pass?? Way too little! Patton&Robinson book I think you are basing your trips on is legend, but just a tip of the iceberg. There are so many other places you can spend entire day after day in the alpine without seeing anyone. It's all right there for someone with your backpacking skills I wish I had.


Looking forward to learn how was the next hike


(Btw, Canmore bakeries suck *hint, hint*)

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