Off the Beaten Path
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Interest: Hiking, Backpacking, Skiing, Space History
I've been up to Aster, Three Isle (several times) and Beatty Lake. We had to bail on our attempt of Northover a few years back due to weather, but spent an extra day exploring around Aster (it's a beautiful area). I'll be headed up to Turbine this summer and out through Palliser Pass.
The trail to Forks and Three Isle are straightforward. Aster Lake can be a bit tricky (we too headed up Marlborough). Many years back (like 30) we did try to hike up to Northover from Three Isle, it's probably changed since then, but it was definitely harder to find the route than approaching from Aster.
While I haven't done it, I've heard the route down from Beatty can be challenging. Gillean Dafern's book (vol 1) has a good description of the route.
There are bear bins at the developed campgrounds (Aster, Three Isle, Beatty and Turbine), if you random camp you'll need a bear canister, Ursack or a hang (which can be hard when you're above the tree line)