Alps Alturas

Alps Alturas near New Denver, BC


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
10 kms
5hours
moderate
Hiking
Fall, Summer
New Denver, BC
User wanderlust
This trail gets interesting fast, and carries you through varied terrain. Mid July still saw troublesome snowy spots on the steeps, as well as an iced-over lake, I wouldn't venture out here next time until August. The drive to the trail is rather epic, but worthwhile.

The first 30 mins of this trail is somewhat cruddy - you follow old mining road, first through cutblock, and then through shadier forest, and it is steep. At the point where you sidle along a streamlet, look ahead and think 'how did anyone ever whip a cart-donkey up THAT??' you will find a short go-round trail on your right.

Moments after emerging from this trail, the road is abandoned for a proper boot-beaten path (to the left over a small log bridge). The trail now begins to climb through moist meadows, parallelling a nice cascade for a few minutes. Up and ahead you can see the saddle that is your logical destination - you should arrive there about an hour from abandoning your car.

From the saddle, note a low pass beyond the meadow, sandwiched between a steep mountainside and a dark, pyramid-shaped hill (can't miss it). The trail is barely defined, or might be under snow - so feel free to take any route to reach the pass, the trail is distinct again beyond that point.

The path, which grows narrow, now climbs steadily at the edge of a steep hillside. If snow remains across the slope, be very, very careful picking your way across.

Thirty minutes along this goat route should see you at the high point above a deep pool. Five minutes more has you standing high above a small lake, which I'm sure would be gorgeous once the snow melts - this is trail's end.

Directions:

I'll never understand why forest services will sign some forks but not others - and usually the obvious ones. In this case, you get strung along for a while, then utterly abandoned. The road is generally in good shape, but skirts along some sketchy rockslide terrain that has you thinking "if that goes while I'm hiking, it's a long walk back to civilization' - and there's 28km of it.

From New Denver, head north a little over 5km to the East Wilson Creek FSR. 2.8km along (signed) turn onto Hicks Creek Rd. Stay on the main road. At about 12km there is a sign for Dennis Basin but no arrow - they mean for you to go left. The next intersection has a sign for Dennis Basin to the right -stay left again.

The road will offer some stunning views of the Valhalla peaks across the lake - which will have you wondering why you aren't hiking there, and why your eyes aren't on the narrow road with the steep drop off. At 22km there is a fork. Counter-intuitively, you go left and descend for a few km. At the next major junction go left across the waterway and begin a slight ascent.

Find another junction a few hundred meters later, stay left and ascend.

At 28km is a cozy parking area.
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By MacjimPosted By: Macjim  - Sat Jun 28 23:13:03 UTC 2014 Not Rated Comment Road blocked about 2-3 km past the turn off to Dennis basin. This is on a steep section of the FSR. There is one 200-300lb rock on the road that could be moved with several people or by pulling it with a truck. Bring a chain or cable.


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