Eric both wanted to avoid the strenuousness. that the first six miles or so of the trail would be extremely easy to follow even in the pitch dark. Took us about 4.5 hours to get to the campsite. Operating Dates. Last week Dinah and I turned back on Mount Shark because of the threat of a thunderstorm. miles or so of the trail would be extremely easy to follow even in the pitch dark. Mountain sheep, not mountain goats.Let’s get that straight. On top of that, all the people we came across were extremly just a few miles away. Assiniboine does not disappoint. As I walked, I was so delighted (despite the lousy forecast) that we had chosen the time of year that we did to visit with some of the most, beautiful larches I've ever seen (I actually haven't seen that many, but still). the Mt. Starting from Mt. I didn't see it myself, but apparently Assiniboine Pass is nothing to brag home Assiniboine The rain had let up for a bit so it was a great time for a break. After lunch we proceeded to Mt. Days 1-2. Wasn't the greatest start to the night. gullies that you must cross, and the footing ain't easy here. descent down to Assinboine Lodge from Wonder Pass was probably just as marvelous as the pass itself. Day 6: Marvel Lake to Mount Shark. While I do like switchbacks, I'm always excited when they end. August 14, 2015 Rock Isle, Laryx and Grizzly Lakes, Banff National Park. It turns out that there was a bit While we ate breakfast, we discussed the gameplan for the day. hiking, but nothing too crazy. Apparently they didn't make it all the way up, roll up, lookin like a million bucks (that had just been rained on and dragged over a bunch of miles of dirt and rock). I must say that It is also considered to be the most scenic as you’ll head along the picturesque Marvel Lake. Trail Access: Foot; Hiking Trails (6) 1. Shark Parking Lot (off the Smith-Dorrien Road, 43 km south of the town of Canmore). Drive to the end of road (2 km past the heliport) and park your car in the Mount Shark Day Use Area. Looking at a topo map, one would think this section of the trail would be pretty straightforward. So if you want to avoid carrying a heavy pack, you can pay to have someone else do it for you. Shark trailhead on the Bryant Creek Trail.. We would have come in from Sunshine — but both the bus and Gondola were closed in 2020 due to COVID-19. Turner centered, with Mt. Mt Shark Helipad Access: 17-Dec - Red 5km Loop: 17-Dec - Red/Black 5km Loop: 17-Dec - Red/Purple 5km Loop: 17-Dec - Watridge Lake Trail: 17-Dec - Watridge to Spray River: 17-Dec - … There isn't much to tell for the third and fourth day of the trip since it was just a backtrack of what we had done. Shark Trailhead. This is a good gravel road. Assiniboine to right, and Mt. them. Depending on how far you plan to hike your first day, an early start is recommended. This is a 1 hour drive from Canmore, a 1.5 hour drive from Banff, a 2.5-3 hour drive from Calgary. We were actually planning on camping at the Marvel lake campsite, but there were so many bugs that we dicided to move on and hike back to Mt Shark trailhead. Yes, it's really nice to have a roof and four walls. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking. It can be accessed by foot. quickly to join them going back down Wonder Pass even though it'd be a bit tougher on the knees. Right before 6, we stocked up with some more beer to bring to camp. So we made a good choice. The laziness and incompetence of these people was astounding. requires reservations for their campsites (which you can make in advance), but Mt. AT A GLANCE one of our top 10 hikes in the world recommended route 6 days, 5 nights. a fire road through dense forest, so it all kinda looks the same. Mount Shark Helipad Access Early season natural hazards exist, namely quite a lot of exposed brush, sticking up through the trackset in places. glimpse, but I'd say there are two miles or so where you're just looking at more dense cover. Still, there are a couple of cool stream crossings and a few good views out over the Bryant Creek. When the trail first peels away from the lake, the views disappear once again. Bring your gear to the lodge early. Apparently you can have all your gear airlifted to and from the lodge via helicopter. ". summer fall winter spring. You will be on the left side of the Spray Lakes. The permit system for this trip is a little complicated. Mt. 4. The next two miles or so were just like the first segment: a lot of, forest blocking the view. from the lake The Hike: Hike, ski, or mountain bike the mostly flat road/jeep track to Trail Center (Mtn. Due to the luggage snafu we suffered with Air Canada, we didn't arrive at the. phrases during our walk in the hopes that it would keep any bears at a safe distance. that the first six There will be stops in Canmore and Banff along the way. Now that you’re on the main Bryant Creek Trail the route back to Mount Shark is clear, on a well-maintained, broad path. The last day, though long, is one of the easiest due to the relatively flat trail out to the Mount Shark trailhead. They all told us about how we could get tea, beer, and cake at Mt. Above Marvel Lake take the high trail to the left (the trail heading straight down to Marvel Lake crosses the west end of Marvel Lake and connects with the Marvel Pass Trail). routes. When I got to about 7500 feet, the rain that had been consistenly falling turned into. There was a tiny telescope on one of the picnic tables and a bunch of I did manage to get a, As you can see on a map, the trail splits off. Just magnicifent. Not once, they said. Assiniboine Mountain sheep, not mountain goats.Let’s get that straight. Download its GPS track and follow the itinerary on a map. Seasons: to have some lunch. The trail rises about 1600 feet (~500 meters) in about a mile and a half, so it's no joke. It is also the way into Assiniboine Lodge, Pass, Wonder Pass, Naiset Cabins, Marvel, Owl, Gloria and Terrapin Lakes, etc. All I know is that Wonder Pass is truly worth the hike. The sky was pretty grey (the forecast for the next few days was pretty abysmal), so most of the, photos I took of it didn't turn out so well. people were watching some dudes making their descent from the mountain. The shuttle will operate daily from late June to late September. service department, located in India). I think staying at Br 9 that first night was pretty money for breaking up the hike. Shark Trailhead After 5 km you will see the Mount Shark Heliport sign (on your left). We wanted to try again, but I was put off by the bushwhacking and navigational problems using the guidebook approach. The red dot is BANFF National Park. (they don't do any exchange rate if you are paying American), as well as credit cards. Backpackers may choose to start from Mount Shark and hike (or fly) to Mount Assiniboine Lodge. E and J Hiking overview: Total distance: 95.83km / 59.54mi . The total hiking distance on our itinerary seems longer than most ones you'll find on the internet because we included the most gorgeous must-see lookouts and detours! You will be on the left side of the Spray Lakes. Day trips can then be made to Wonder, Allenby or Assiniboine Passes. 3. Walking your gear out is free. There is a short set of switchbacks Mount Turner seen from Watridge Lake Mt. The trail along Marvel Lake gets really awesome really fast. Of the two routes from Mount Shark, Wonder Pass is considered to be the more beautiful route. Down the road is Mount Shark/Mount Engadine Lodge (you will see a bridge on your right before the turn-off.) All flights reservations must be booked via Assiniboine Lodge. Assiniboine are Assiniboine – Bryant Creek Trail Read More » we spent a night at the Banff Aspen Lodge and took in a bit of the Banff nightlife. From the pass the trail leads down to Marvel lake and has some great views before it goes steply down to Marvel lake and further to Marvel lake campsite. We’ve also shipped our backpacks / trash out by helicopter on the last day. Directions to the Mount Shark Helipad from Canmore- 36.3 kilometers (22.6 miles). The only really unexpected thing we came across was the conditions of the road leading to dramatic views of the lake. But as John Muir said, "One must labor for beauty as for bread, here as elsewhere. So it was actually pretty pleasant. Hike over Assiniboine Pass or Wonder Pass to arrive back in Banff National Park and camp at either Marvel Lake or McBride’s Camp on night three. However, I will say that highlight of this 4-6 day trip in the heart of the Canadian Rockies A more scenic but strenuous variant of this route follows the shore of Marvel Lake, and over Wonder Pass. Assiniboine Lodge Via Bryant Creek And Assiniboine Pass. Located 41.3 km West of Canmore, Alberta. It was almost 5pm by the time we walked away from Mt. We got a very early start so that we could make it to the I kept turning around to look back down at the. From the pass the trail leads down to Marvel lake and has some great views before it goes steply down to Marvel lake and further to Marvel lake campsite. When we were planning this trip, I couldn't find a whole lot of information about good backpacking Marvel Lake (Night 3) Topographic maps: Three Day Trips Bryant Creek area 45 km +; elevation gain: 455 m Beginning at the Mt. I figured if I kept shouting at the top of my lungs and kept my Mount Shark, Wonder Pass and Lake Magog Campground Trail is a 17.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Seasonal trail restrictions and closures on Allenby Pass and Assiniboine Pass between August 1st and September 30th . Once it stopped, we got out of our tents to eat dinner. Related Posts. 742 from the Mt. Just like Assiniboine Pass, the trail via Wonder Pass starts at the Mount Shark trailhead and branches off at the Bryant Creek Warden's hut around 14,3 km in. Most people hike or ski in from the Mt. Total ascent: 3946m / 12,946ft. It’s 2.6 km along the logging road heading south past the Tryst Lake turnoff and Commonwealth Creek crossing to where the shortcut intersects the road. friendly and helpful, which made the trip that much better. Shark Parking Lot at 4:30 pm and reach Sunshine Village Parking at approximately 6:30 pm. Daily service between June 27th to September 12th, 2020 Private shuttles available, please call 403-760-4403 to arrange. I just remember thinking how nice it is that we have I took Wonder Pass in and out, and I'm really glad I did so. Drive West through town following the Spray Lakes signs and Canmore Nordic Center signs. We then hiked wonder pass to Marvel lake. Damn, is that an impressive mountain. Read our COVID-19 guidelines by clicking this banner before visiting one of our parks. DIFFICULT 16.7 mi. Oh my, the deep blues. So not a lot of traffic, but a decent amount. After these few miles, though, damn...it gets pretty spectacular. campground, just show up and there'll be a spot for you. Bryant Creek Trail is busy and well-traveled. It had been a long day of this. The latter this place is jumpin'! However, our “GPS distance tracker” says we have already covered more than 21.8 km (13.8 mi), not including the extra 5 km (3 mi) we walked from the dilapidated bridge to the trailhead. The. While it didn't have the same multitude of colors. Canadian Rockies Overnight Hikes Lake Magog Marvel Lake Mt Assiniboine Mt Shark Wonder Pass. Assiniboine Lodge if we Without hesitation, I can say that the next mile or so is one of the coolest, stretches of trail I've ever been on. However, that's not to say there isn't anything to look at. is well worth the crazy-difficult reservation, by the way! The clouds had been so thick and constant that they couldn't see the gigantic heap of rock You can also park overnight as well as a number of days in this parking lot, Copyright © trailpeak.com & trailpeak.ca 2020. According to my map, the distance from the Marvel Pass Trailhead to the Marvel Lake Campground is 17.1 km (10.5 mi). Day five we hiked out to Mt Shark where we were able to catch a ride with some friends we had made on the trail. What else do i need to know? Banff had some of the Seriously. Most people take the shortcut. Trailhead: The Mount Shark Trail Head. Based upon Now that you’re on the main Bryant Creek Trail the route back to Mount Shark … bear spray ready, I'd be ok. You may disagree with this logic, and I can't really argue that what I did Plus, we got especially lucky that the weather decided to cooperate An alternative trail follows Bryant Creek and skirts Marvel Lake on its way to Wonder Pass, a distance of 22 kilometres (13 mi) – six hours, then to Lake Magog 4.5 kilometres (3 mi) – 1.25 hours. $75 + GST per person from Mt Shark Trailhead to Canmore. day, we got hit by a pretty heavy downpour just as we were setting up our tents. In this instance, the, final switchback brings you out into an absolutely fantastic area. Be prepared for intermittent noise from helicopters. Mount Shark Route Map We quickly hiked up the trail to the beautiful Karst Spring and promptly got ourselves lost in the bush because we didn’t read the directions before heading out. some of the biggest highlights Banff has to offer. Distance: 27.5 km (17.1 miles) Elevation gain: 460 meter gain (1,509 feet) after an initial loss of 65 m (213 feet) Allow: 8 hours Gem Trek hiking map: 26620 Banff and Mount Assiniboine Topographical maps: Mount Assiniboine 82 J/13 and Banff 82 O/4. Yes, it's steep and Mount Shark to Magog Lake via Wonder Pass (26km) – Route 2. After scaling Nub Peak at the heart of Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, it was time to move through the second half of our 6-day adventure. Shark XC / biathalon area, 'shoe/ski/hike along the closed road following the signs to Watridge Lake. I figured there must be a better way. the plane from SFO to YYC, and because it had all my gear we couldn't start our backpacking trip We continually yelled and screamed random Most of the ~6 miles is just This trail goes by BR9, Big springs Br9, Bryant Creek Shelter, BC Alberta Border Marker, and Wonder Pass. We then hiked wonder pass to Marvel lake. From Wonder pass we hiked down to Marvel lake and had lunch, which took us another two hours. 5.5 km) then continue on the Bryant Creek Trail to the shelter for another 8.3 km. ... (12 km), the junction for the Marvel Lake BR13 Campground (13 km) and the primitive Bryant Creek Shelter (13.6 km) and McBride’s Camp BR14 (14km). but there are several. Marvel Lake (Night 3) Topographic maps: Three Day Trips Bryant Creek area 45 km +; elevation gain: 455 m ... Marvel Pass Mt Shark Trailhead Canmore KANANASKIS COUNTRY PETER LOUGHEED PROVINCIAL HEIGHT- PARK OF-THE- ROCKIES PROVINCIAL PARK MOUNT ASSINIBOINE PROVINCIAL PARK 1 93 40 762 TRANS CANADA HIGHWAY Bikes prohibited beyond Trail Center) Continue to Marvel Lake, and over Assiniboine Pass. running into a grizzly bear in the cold darkness. I don't think I've ever seen such a wide diversity of, Things started to get good about a mile or so after we split up. I had arranged a cab to be there ahead of time since you won't have cell service at Mt Shark but was able to pass it off to some other hikers since we caught a free ride with some other hikers. Or maybe it was the absolutely stunning way that the, clouds were opening up ahead of me, or the dramatic, ridges that bound the small plateau on each. It’s wonderful if it rains and during the winter, but on nice days it’s probably better to camp. Believe me, it is every bit as, impressive as you've heard. Karst Spring via Watridge Lake Trail . The other option, which is the shortest of all at 26km, is the route via the Wonder Pass. 2. That way we wouldn't have an unreasonable amount of Some campgrounds along the way and plenty of bear activity... Got snowed out in early September! An alternative trail follows Bryant Creek and skirts Marvel Lake on its way to Wonder Pass, a distance of 22 kilometres (13 mi) – six hours, then to Lake Magog 4.5 kilometres (3 mi) – 1.25 hours. We were actually planning on camping at the Marvel lake campsite, but there were so many bugs that we dicided to move on and hike back to Mt Shark trailhead. (I think almost a full mile), but not too bad after the alcohol had worked out some of the soreness :). Lake Magog Campground via Wonder Pass / Marvel Lake Trail. If you have the chance, I'd recommend spending some time checking it out. Horses share it. I had assumed we'd go up Wonder Pass and come down Assiniboine I had arranged a cab to be there ahead of time since you won't have cell service at Mt Shark but was able to pass it off to some other hikers since we caught a free ride with some other hikers. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. So these first six miles from Br 9 were fairly easy, but you know what's coming next, right? Assiniboine. the view across the lake was equally enticing. tiring. Right at the trail / T above Watridge Lake, continue travelling NW. So he basically had to hold the flap closed and endure a half hour of intense rain. I stopped out front of the lodge to dry myself off and clean out my boots and all that, and then I started chewing got there between 4 and 6 o'clock. And when we finally arrived at Br 9 later that Starting from Mt. heaviest bit came down. The highlight of our 3 day and 2 night hike was indeed Mt. After 5 km you will see the Mount Shark Heliport sign (on your left). the trail is remarkably well maintained here, so aside from being tough on the cardiovascular system, it's not a bad go. Mount Shark Route is a 2.9 mile trail in Alberta. I had seen 4 or 5 groups of people coming down while I was going up. Banff National Park excited by the, glimpses of Mt. Shark trailhead in Spray Valley Provincial Park. Initially you have some good views at the, surrounding peaks, but for about 70% of the time before you hit Br 9, you'll be staring at something like. Départ : Assiniboine Lodge, Wonder Pass / Marvel Lake Trail, Regional District of East Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada ( 50.91007 -115.62061 ) Dropping a car at Mount Shark requires a chunk of time the day before. Follow signs to the Canmore Nordic Center and stay on the Spray Lakes Road, which becomes the Smith-Dorrien Spray Trail (#742 South). Tenting is the least expensive option. Sharkhead that don't have very good drainage, so it gets ugly. Overview Mount Shark is part of the Spray Mountains located in the heart of Kananaskis Country off of Spray Lakes road. Starting near the end of the Spray Lakes, the trail follows Bryant Creek up through the forest, into meadows and eventually up over Assiniboine or Wonder Pass. Shark … a sedan would be able to handle it, but you might bottom out a couple times if you choose to go that From Mt. After a stay at the Lake Magog backcountry campground, the route continues out via Wonder Pass, along Marvel Lake, and back to the Bryant Creek Trail and the Mount Shark Trailhead. trail aren't really anything to write home about. say from direct experience since I hiked in and out via Wonder Pass, it sounds like the route I reserved our permit as far in advance as I could (three months: see I considered joining up with the crews hanging out at the two shelters, but we were just too beat. We are monitoring our operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and this page is updated as adjustments are made. A Gold Coast man posted a … At 34.4 km you will see the Buller Mountain sign. Add an extra day to do some other dayhikes around the area. But luckily it all worked out and I lived. From the fork, the trail follows the shoreline (albeit from a distance) of pretty Marvel Lake for 5km. was that I'd much rather go up a steep slope than down it since it's much easier on the knees. $3 per pound per flight (includes tax) in 2017. It is also considered to be the most scenic as you’ll head along the picturesque Marvel Lake. make it to Br 9 and spend the night there. Jul 23, 2015 - The 26.1 km Marvel Lake - Wonder Pass hike from the Mount Shark Trailhead to Lake Magog is one of the great-ways to access Mount Assiniboine Park. Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles . Mount Assiniboine from Sunshine Village to Mount Shark Hiking trail in Sawback, Alberta (Canada). Took us about 4.5 hours to get to the campsite. It was a dirt road with a decent amount of rockiness to it. Shark Road at the parking lot at 1 km. Standish to our lake side view by Lake Magog. fantastic time inside the little dining hall drinking good Canadian beer and choppin' it up with the other folks there. The Bryant Creek Trail is a popular hiking route to Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. about. Hiking Shark trailhead to Magog campground. Pass, but Jason thought we were going to do it the other way around. When we got back to camp, Jason and This is a long route and there are plenty of campgrounds along the way to … Mt. After a quick dinner, we went down to the shore of the lake (easy access) and spent a while just sitting there and On day four, we just hauled ass out of there. Drive past the Canmore Nordic Centre, up the steep hill on the Smith-Dorrien Road through Kananaskis Country. Prologue: Before we began our journey on the trail, Shark Trailhead until about 8:30pm. Standish to our lake side view by Lake Magog. You should plan on spending a few extra days to explore the area. Mount Turner is a 2,806-metre (9,206-foot) ... Marvel Peak Mount Turner Mount Engadine: Mount Gloria: Watridge Lake Mount Byng: Mount Morrison: Mount Shark: Gallery. Jason and Eric both agreed that the trail through Assiniboine Pass was nothing worth visiting, so I made up my mind very hours, we would be turned away. Turn right at the Engadine Lodge sign. Day five we hiked out to Mt Shark where we were able to catch a ride with some friends we had made on the trail. where it wasn't that terrifying of a prospect. The other option, which is the shortest of all at 26km, is the route via the Wonder Pass. DIFFICULT 5.7 mi. Even with some terrible The trail steadily descends in a series of switchbacks and turns to the left at the Marvel Pass junction. Lot, Copyright © trailpeak.com & trailpeak.ca 2020 9 were fairly easy, but fortune smile! 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