Mystic Pass & Mystic Lake

Mystic Pass & Mystic Lake near Banff, 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
12 kms
9hours
moderate
Hiking
Fall, Summer
Banff, AB
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We did this in July 2017 as a day trip from Jo9 (Larry’s Camp). We spent 2 nights at the Jo9 campground which is best accessed from Moose Meadows.
The day trip starts with a 6.3 km ascent to Mystic Pass (2285 Metres) followed by a 3.6 km descent to the junction for Mystic Lake and a final 0.5 km access trail to the lake. Then there is also an opportunity to use a poorly defined trail to the other side of the lake along the east side.
Great views and few visitors.

Directions:

The trailhead is at the Moose Meadows parking lot on the 1A, just west of Johnston Canyon. The campground is 9 km from the 1A, or 3 km beyond the Ink Pots.


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

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By drunknsnoshuPosted By: drunknsnoshu  - Mon Aug 27 02:11:38 UTC 2018 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 I did this from Mt Norquay, up Forty Mile Creek. Excellent trail the whole way, a little rockier, rootier and narrow from the junction up to the lake campground, but great views. Downside Forty Mile Creek can get a bit monotonous and long, but there's not much climbing so it's easy. A few good views on the way but mostly treed in. Comment Mystic Lake is aptly named. There's something spiritual about it, captivating. Ml22 campsite is very cool and rustic, sitting between two creeks. Lots of clear, fresh water to filter. Short hike from there up to the lake and not far too the pass. From whichever direction, this is one of Banff's best routes.
By LemurLoverPosted By: LemurLover  - Sat Aug 25 19:17:46 UTC 2018 Not Rated Question Greetings,

I am looking to do a short backpacking trip with my wife this coming labor day weekend. I would I have a minimal-moderate experience in hiking and backpacking am new to the area.

What do you think of my plan?
Day/Night 1: Start @ Cascade Ampitheatre Trailhead --> camp @ Mount Cockscomb campground (~7 Km I think?)
Day/Night 2: Cockscomb campground --> Mystic Lake campground (~10 Km?)
Day/Night 3: Back to Cockscomb for one more night before heading out next day

OR do you think it is a possibility to go straight to Mystic Lake from the Cascade Ampitheatre Trailhead? In that case, we could spend 2 nights there, maybe do some fishing and exploring that area (if permitted).

Are my estimates for trip length accurate? Thanks for your feedback!

ANSWERS are in this forum:   Cockscomb Mt. Campground & Mystic Lake Backpacking Trip ???s


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