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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-03-2013, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Default Bow Peak or Bow Hut/Onion or Caldron Lake?

Just wondering what would be the best hike out of the three?

I know the bridge is washed out on the Caldron Lake hike and some fording is required, given the time of year is it pretty straightforward? The hike seems interesting because it takes you right up to Peyto Glacier and you get a nice lake..

Bow Hut and scramble up the Onion seems like it would give a good view of the Wapta Icefield, or am I mistaken?

And finally Bow Peak, not sure about this one but it was recommended by a friend. How does it compare?

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I would pick Bow Peak over Caldron Lake, simply because you get more for less effort. I haven't been to Bow Hut, but I really enjoyed the unofficially named "Iceberg Lake" easily reached from the Bow Hut. Iceberg Lake is quite scenic, so is Bow Lake. I would pick this area over Bow Peak.

My pictures from the three areas below:

Bow Peak:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/markost...7630945877426/

Caldron Lake:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/markost...7634766676718/

Iceberg Lake (and part of Portal Peak)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/markost...7634567078312/
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Let me make sure I got this right So are you saying bow hut area is best of all?
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Yes -- if combined with a visit to Iceberg Lake. I'd also recommend crossing the Iceberg Lake drainage and gaining a vantage point on the other side. I couldn't get enough of those views!
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Is Iceberg Lake easily reached from Bow Hut? I got the impression that both the hut and The Onion are on a higher shelf than the lake and that some downclimbing would be involved.
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Mike, I was thinking it would be a visit on the way to, not from. Perhaps something like this:



I've never been to Bow Hut. It doesn't really appeal to me. However, if this was the destination, I think this route would work.

When I went up there, it was via a difficult route north of Bow Falls. I haven't tried from the south. Taras has a trip report from this side:

https://www.clubtread.com/sforum/topi...TOPIC_ID=51674

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I see. Yeah, both the hut and The Onion are above that very dark shadow along your route.

Bow Hut isn't much of a destination in itself, and we got turned back from The Onion due to a storm, but at least the ridge above the hut (easy scrambling) offers some pretty nice views of Mt. St. Nicholas and the valley below.
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I'd do Bow Peak or Cauldron Lake over the Bow Hut. The hut is good if you just want to get close to the glacier, but as said above, not much of a destination itself.
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So even climbing up the Onion you still wouldn't recommend over Caldron lake? Always hard to know what's going to be best when looking at topo's and google maps, I don't like looking at photos because I find it kind of spoils things Thanks for all the advice!
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