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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-24-2021, 02:01 AM Thread Starter
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Default Lake Minnewanka and Aylmer Pass

Last October we day hiked to Aylmer Pass and the lookout, and felt we needed to get back there to spend more time in the pass. This week we backpacked into LM11 for a couple of nights, and spent several hours exploring Aylmer Pass. LM11 ended up being a good choice, as we had strong wind, and it is more sheltered than LM9. The beach is great at LM11, but the cooking area is a bit of a wreck. After setting up the tent, we had lunch on the beach, and then walked another 4.5 km or so down the lake until we found a pleasant beach. Aylmer Pass is great for those seeking solitude, as we have never met anyone on the trail past the junction to the lookout. The pass is long enough for a good day out, and it gets more interesting the farther you hike down the pass. There is a nice cascade and a waterfall toward the north end. Small groves of subalpine fir provide good shelter from the wind, when you need to sprawl out for a while in the sun.


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Palliser Range on the west side

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Apparition Mountain

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Mount Aylmer

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Heading down the pass, trail appears here and there

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This was a nice surprise

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Beautiful small cascade

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Wind finally died down near nightfall, so we stayed on the beach watching the clouds change colour, the wind then picked up again, and blew all night and the next day, when we hiked out
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