Burstall Pass - Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Burstall Pass - Peter Lougheed Provincial Park near Kananaskis, AB


This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
15 kms
5hours
moderate
Rock Climbing, Hiking, Mountain Biking
Spring, Summer
Kananaskis, AB
User Anonymous
Have a quick look at the map at the trailhead; this will save you from making one or two possible wrong turns during the first part of the hike. The trail is wide for the first 3 plus km, and you can cycle this if you wish, passing marshy Burstall Lakes on the way.

At about 4 km you cross Burstall Creek on a small footbridge, entering the wide gravel flats immediately (see photos). You may need to don sandals or runners as you cross the many braids of this glacier-fed stream.

The trail re-enters forest after .5 km, climbing to open meadows at 5.5 km. About 1 km later you begin the final climb to the Pass.

Great views once on top, with lots of opportunities for further hiking or scrambling. I would grade this trail as difficult only if Burstall Creek is high (eg. late afternoon, early summer). Otherwise it is a good trail of average to moderate difficulty.

NTS Map: 082J14
Elevation Gain: 451 m (1,480 ft).

Directions:

From Banff, drive east to Canmore, then south on Spray Lakes Road for 45 km. There is a large parking area beside Mud Lake on your right.

If coming from the south, it is about 20 km north of the junction of Smith Dorrien/Spray Lakes Rd and Kananaskis Lakes Trail (ie Road).

Spray Lakes Rd. is a gravel road. There are other, mostly paved, options to access this area from Canmore or Calgary.



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By Baby ThorPosted By: Baby Thor  - Tue Sep 05 23:50:39 UTC 2017 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside It was a fine hike. Downside Bit of snow to maneuver through, also remnants of the flood in the form of creeks and streams. Comment The path disappears a bit where there was a flood a few years ago, but there are a few signs. Just go straight through the marshy area, jumping over creeks. I would have liked to go past the top of the pass but the rest of my group wasn't up for it. 6 hours total with slower people.
By CityGirlPosted By: CityGirl  - Mon Oct 26 02:09:49 UTC 2015 This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars Upside Beautiful surrounding mountains Downside The flood of 2013 - Lack of trail markers for the new trail. Comment I hiked this mountain in 2007 - pre flood - and had no problem making it to the pass and back in 3.5 hours. This time around, we never made it past about 3/4 the ways up. The flood made a lot of damage to the pathway and Parks Canada has not removed the flags "markers" from the old trail. We found ourselves climbing over downed trees, following the markers on what probably use to be the old trail. The new trail is not well marked at all. I am an experienced hiker and was very disappointed in this trail this year. Parks Canada should go out and properly mark the trail and remove any markers from the old trail.
By KayakPosted By: Kayak  - Thu May 22 18:01:37 UTC 2014 Not Rated Question Where is the closest RV Camp to the Burstall Pass Trailhead

ANSWERS are in this forum:   RV Camping
By TullrichPosted By: Tullrich  - Fri May 20 15:38:39 UTC 2011 Not Rated Question Is Burstall Pass clear to hike yet? (20-May-11)

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By longleggedhikerPosted By: longleggedhiker  - Sat May 08 03:10:03 UTC 2010 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside An outstanding trail with spectacular views requiring not a whole lot of effort. Downside The willow flats are very wet and mucky. Especially in June and most of July. Comment This is a MUST DO hike for anyone. It is totally worth the time and effort! It is a good idea to bike the first part as it will give you more time to enjoy the high country. It is also best to do this hike in September as you will get to enjoy beautiful fall larch colors and the Willow Flats are for the most part dry in September.
By mountain mommaPosted By: mountain momma  - Sat Aug 08 18:29:23 UTC 2009 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Lovely trail, great views, options to go beyond pass Downside Possibly high waters Comment This is by far my most favourite day hike! We went down into Leman Lake and enjoyed a dip. Fabulous!
By sdecariePosted By: sdecarie  - Sun Oct 01 02:35:35 UTC 2006 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside It's a great hike with many options once reach the Burstall pass area. Late Sept. Larch trees were very colourful. I'd definitely do this hike again Downside Only if the creek is high will you get wet in the marsh area Comment The GPS data actually heads towards South Burstall pass from Burstall pass
By bikealPosted By: bikeal  - Wed Aug 09 05:01:37 UTC 2006 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Just uploaded the GPS data for this great hike. We did make it to the top of the mountain looking over the valley, but I forgot to turn on the GPS until I was partly down mountain ridge, and I was too pooped to go back up again! Beautiful views from the top! Just be careful of the alpine flowers as there is no marked trails, and it's a bit of a scramble to the top. Downside Some mucky areas to cross in wet season (we did this hike early August). Comment Great views of glaciers, waterfalls and lakes. First part of hike you can mountain bike.
By pmjwrightPosted By: pmjwright  - Fri Mar 03 22:34:56 UTC 2006 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Great scenery for less than average effort. Nice views of Assiniboine. Great larch colours in fall. Comment It's worth it to bike the first half, more time on top. Easy mt bike, and it's the least scenic part anyway. From the pass you can ridge walk S of the pass, or its short easy scramble up Snow Pass to N.
By MELdadPosted By: MELdad  - Tue Jan 03 04:05:57 UTC 2006 Not Rated Comment over xmas - good skiing off the pass and great snow shoeing around mud lake from the parking lot at burstall.
By MELdadPosted By: MELdad  - Wed Nov 16 20:19:11 UTC 2005 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside good info re the creek - but mostly always fordable except in late june - wet season, burstall is a classic in the eastern slopes - great backcountry skiing off both sides of the pass too Comment creek mostly always fordable except in late june - wet season, burstall is a classic in the eastern slopes - great backcountry skiing off both sides of the pass too- we had dinner at Mount Engadine Lodge is was great
By tobyngPosted By: tobyng  - Tue May 24 03:30:02 UTC 2005 Not Rated


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