Ribb on Lake via Buller Pass

Ribb on Lake via Buller Pass 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
23 kms
Summer, Fall
Kananaskis, AB
User Fancybrkfst
Day 1: 11.42km. Moving time 4h 20m, total time 6.5 hours.
Ascent: 2425ft
Descent: 1480ft
Max elevation: 8209ft

Day 2: 11.26km Moving time 3h 40m, total time 6h 08m
Ascent: 1450ft
Descent: 2467ft
Max elevation: 8219ft

A wonderful overnight trip. The hikes in and out are fairly easy, apart from the summits of the passes, which are very steep with loose rock. This route is an excellent way of getting to Ribbon lake whaile avoiding the chains and cliffs of the Ribbon Creek trail. Our trip June 27, 2016 there was still a considerable amount of snow on the east side of the passes.

One disclaimer for the GPX track is that the North Buller Pass Trail intersection was covered in snow on our trip, and the trail itself appears to have been completely washed out at some points. It should be close, but you may have to use your own judgement on how best to approach the Northern pass.

The backcountry campground is well stocked with firewood, bear lockers and outhouses. The waster source is a clear-running stream not far up the trail from the campground. It will need to be treated or boiled before drinking.The 20 tent pads are well isolated from eachother and surrounded by trees. There are two communal fire pits and a few metal picnic tables.


Take the Smith-Dorien/Spray trail from either Canmore or Peter Lougheed Provincial Park to Buller Mountain day use area. Park in the lot to the west of the road, and hike back across the road to the trailhead.


Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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