Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Finally stopping that crazy suffering that is ice, climbing to concentrate on great ski tours!, .
Interest: Anything that can drag me to the mountains. Backpacking is #1, followed by climbing, dayhiking and camping with family.
I've gone the other way a few times, and recommend you stay on the East side of the creek.
Camp at the base of Cataract Pass, on the south side of the pass. There is a nice meadow and the start of the creek there. Be bear aware! We saw a TON of sign, and one Griz in the distance near the pass, so we got lucky in that we had no curious visitors. The corridor from Sunset Pass up the creek can be heavy with bear activity. Many people have encountered bears right on Sunset Pass. Careful with your dog.
This is a big snow year in that area, and the later in the summer the better so you can easily ford Huntington Creek. A number of years ago we were doing the route from Saskatchewan River Crossing to Jasper and the creek was far too high to ford, so we had a major detour that involved walking beside the highway up The Big Bend. Yuck.
Pinto Lake is nothing to get excited about. It's a horrible area for Mosquitoes. Sunset Pass is nice if you're exiting that way. The trails into the Cline River area can take you far, but most are in heavy timber.