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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-11-2002, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
High on the Mountain Top
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Default Skoki or Brazeau?

I know these Banff and Jasper trails are not hiking *BC*, but after a glorious week last year hiking the Heather Trail and the Punch Bowl we are looking for something different that comes close to being that rewarding.

We have a week off in mid July. Skoki (40K)is half the distance of Brazeau but has many side trips. Brazeau has more physical challenge but maybe not the variety of scenery?

Can anyone offer advice on either of these trails? How difficult, crowed, horse-trodden, etc.

Or should we just do Manning again? We did the Heather trail and then drove back down the highway to the Dewdney trailhead and did the Punch Bowl. But I think you can do one big trip from the Heather Trail trailhead, through the Cascade recreation area, over the Punchbowl and down to the highway.(just a long way back to get the second car!)

Or, can anyone recommend another 5 night, 6 day trail?

Any comments much appreciated.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-12-2002, 12:47 AM
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Have you been to Cathedral Lakes? You mike like something like that. The interesting thing about Cathedral is that you hike up to the base camp in one day. Then you spend the next several days hiking the area. It is a hiker's playground. There are quite a few different trails of varying difficulties. The views are stunning. There are also quite a number of unusual natural curiousities that give you incentive to hike the rim and other areas. Once you are at base camp, many of the trails are above the treeline. On your last day you can hike down. I've been there twice - I plan to go back again in the next couple years.

Also, another one that looks pretty good is the Mt. Assiniboine region. There are a number of different trails in the area and the pictures that I have seen of the place are quite amazing. I've never been, but you can check it up in the "Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies" book. It's trip #73 and can be done between 3 to 6 days depending on speed and routes you take. There is a good assortment of trails from moderate level to very challenging.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 03-13-2002, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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I have been up to Cathedral and you are right, it is worth another visit. I'll look into Mt. Assiniboine region as well.


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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-26-2002, 07:51 AM
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When I was in the Rockies, I asked a park Warden what his favourite place to go and hike, camp and scramble. It was the Skoki Valley

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