hiking above Chephren Lake

I had never heard of Waterfowl Lakes Campground, 57km north of Lake Louise on the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper in the Canadian Rockies.

It seems to be mainly populated with visitors from Germany and Austria.

If you are car camping this is a good choice.

We camped beside pretty Mistaya River close to the hiking trailhead. Though the walk in was longer than we wanted, we had great fun playing in the snow fields and waterfalls above the lake.

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More photos on Flickr.

Tamarack Trail, Canada

Lucas Rojek has a great adventure in mind. It’s a very challenging variation on one of our favourite hikes — the Tamarack Trail in Waterton National Park, Alberta:

Our plan is to follow the standard trail (Rowe Lakes up to Lineham ridge) then drop into the Lineham Lakes, set up camp and if we still have the legs scramble back up again and do Hawkins Horseshoe. That’s day 1. Day 2 we scramble out and continue on Tamarack to Twin Lakes. I expect that to be a very long day. Day 3 we plan to hit Avion Ridge to Goat Lake. Day 4 we hike out from Goat Lake to Red Rock canyon parking lot.

Good luck Lucas! If you survive the off-trail scramble down to Lineham Lakes, the Avion Ridge should be a breeze.

view down to the lake from atop Lineham Ridge – RMRA trip report photos

scrambling Storm mountain

Rated as “moderate” in Alan Kane’s Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies — we had a particularly gruelling day. Alan’s trip description is very confusing.

UPDATE – Dave Stephens has posted a trip report which will help you decide on the best route.

Dave’s goal is to scramble every mountain in Kane’s book.

Lesson learned? Bring the GPS and topo even on an easy scramble.

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More Storm photos on Flickr

CONFIRMED – Crowsnest Mountain scramble

Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies, 3rd editionClimber Scott Whiteside who lives in the Crowsnest Pass recommends the Crowsnest Mountain scramble in the Canadian Rockies. It’s 4-7hrs return, 1100m (3609ft), non-technical. Good fun — but no mountaineering gear needed when dry.

No map needed, just Alan Kane’s book.

A group of us are planning to do it Saturday, June 17th. Email or leave a comment if you want to join us.

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