This track allows you to turn the Popular South Buller Pass Trail into a loop by connecting to the little known North Pass. To access the North Pass turn left immediately after the third bridge on the South Buller Trail. Follow this pass all the way to the end and climb up the steep ridge at the end. Once you drop down the backside of this ridge you'll be treated to some nice Grassy ridgewalking. You'll then want to reconnect with the trail going down South Buller pass and Climb up the backside of the pass until your back on the well marked South Buller Pass. This loop should end up being 15-17km and about 7-8 hours
Park at Buller Mountain Day use Area down Smith about 39k down Smith Dorrien/Spray Lakes road from Canmore
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Posted By: ANDY A
- Thu Jul 13 19:13:44 UTC 2017
UpsideFEW PEOPLE ( saw 2 on the N pass, and maybe a dozen from S pass down) , GREAT VIEWS, AND A ( PARTIAL) CIRCUIT DownsideNONE.. CommentAfter numerous trips to S. Buller pass over the years, finally did the loop ( July 9th, 2017) to N and S passes. Great hike, with a bit of a work out up the headwall to the north pass, but only about 20mins time-wise. Stay relatively high ( maybe 50m below N pass elevation) on the traverse around to the south pass and you'll be well lined up to hit the trail ( from Ribbon Lake) back up to the South Pass approx. 100m below the pass. Total hiking time (at a good pace) was about 5:00 hrs: 2hrs to N pass, one hour traverse around to S pass, 2 hrs back to Buller trail head.