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4-5 day trek suggestions
posted by: snewburg4   email this member
Posted Friday, Jun 9 at 4:33 PM
Fri, Jun 9 at 04:33 PM
Regarding trail Lake Agnes Teahouse - Big Beehive near Banff, AB

This one sounds fun! I've heard you can't go wrong with little/big beehive, peyto, moraine lake, etc. A couple buddies and I did Glacier last year and plan on 20 days for Banff/Jasper/whatever else this year. We were hoping to do a couple 4 to 5 day treks in addition to a smattering of day hikes. We want to try to book the back country packing permits soon here, because we go in August. Does anyone have any insight to a 4 or 5 dayer that won't be overrun with people? Thanks!

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cdmonson  email this member
Posted Friday, Jun 9 at 5:40 PM
Fri, Jun 9 at 05:40 PM
Regarding trail Lake Agnes Teahouse - Big Beehive near Banff, AB

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< BR>How experienced are you in the backcountry? The trade-off is going to be scenery vs. solitude (as with most places), the other variable being how rough the trail is to get there.

Starting north to south, here are some ideas, most of which have good trails and are well-signed:

Mount Robson PP
- Berg Lake is an exceptional 4-5 day trail (including dayhikes), but you won't have solitude.

Jasper NP
- The Tonquin Valley is some of the most powerful scenery anywhere in the mountain parks, but popular with both backpackers and horse parties. However, the day hiking options are exceptional.
- The Skyline is a classic--highest-altitude backcountry trail in the mountain parks--but you'll be hard-pressed to get reservations at this point for August.
- Cairn Pass, accessed from Rocky Pass, is both beautiful and hardly visited. Although the scenery is as good as you'll see anywhere, hardly anyone does it because the drive is a bit out there. Last I heard the trail was in reasonable shape, though the campgrounds are a bit rustic.
- The Jonas Pass-Brazeau Lake circuit is a classic, with high alpine scenery and one of the largest backcountry lakes in the mountains. Less popular than the Skyline, but still popular.

Banff NP
- North Molar Pass/Fish Lakes/Pipestone Pass/Clearwater Valley and back out. That one is very scenic and not as well known as some of the others in the park.
- Skoki Region is a popular area with lots of good day hiking and scrambling options.
- The Bow Valley Highline (as the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide calls it) is classic Banff scenery, though fairly popular.
- There are also some decent backpacking trails through the Front Ranges (Sawback, Pulsatilla Pass, etc.) that don't get quite as many people because the scenery isn't quite as grand and the trails spend a lot of time in the trees. Still beautiful though.

Kootenay NP
-The Rockwall is a classic, and it's done in 4-5 days. This year, bridges for both of the early exit points are missing, so you either hike the whole thing or do a short out-and-back. I suspect that will reduce numbers somewhat, but hard to say. That's one of the most scenic spots in any of the mountain parks.

Mount Assiniboine PP
- There are several trails to access Mount Assiniboine, but the two main ones are via Assiniboine Pass and the Sunshine access from Banff NP. The Assiniboine area is classic Rockies scenery, but also quite popular.

I'd start with the above list and whatever else folks are able to suggest here.

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snewburg4  email this member
Posted Friday, Jun 9 at 9:51 PM
Fri, Jun 9 at 09:51 PM
Regarding trail Lake Agnes Teahouse - Big Beehive near Banff, AB

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< BR>That's a good question. I'm in good shape and did backcountry packing in glacier last year. Our longest trek was 4 days. Put on about 10 mi a day and stayed on minimalist sites (piece of dirt and a bear pole). There was always a lot of access to water, though, which was nice. Trails were pretty well laid out. My friend is good with directions but I'm horrible.

I'm from Wisconsin so I think scenery > solitude, but Im looking for a bit of a happy medium bc I think a lot of the experience gets lost in translation if you're fighting crowds constantly. The best part about our 4 day trip in Glacier was a combo of the scenery is amazing and we only saw around 4 people thru most of it. Thank you so much for your suggestions. Like any wilderness trip, it gets pretty overwhelming with all the options if you've never been there!

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