The first half of this trail, through an old growth forest is easy to follow. As the trail leaves the forest, the views open up as it enters a meadow and heads west. At the edge of the meadow, near Olivia Creek, there is a primitive campsite. Red triangles on the far side of the meadow mark where the well defined trail resumes. The rest of the trail is a very exposed. Hikers should be prepared for sudden weather changes, as shelter is very limited. From the meadow, the trail begins to climb steeply. Take care, as this steep section is slippery when wet. Until the Sulphur Creek basin is reached, the trail continues to be challenging and care must be taken, as falling rock, steep cliffs below the trail and a rocky face must be crossed. After this rugged section, the trail enters the meadow at the top of Sulphur Creek, where another primitive campsite can be found. In this area, the trail passes near an area of Karst topography with sink-holes, caves and huge limestone boulders that tumbled off the shoulder of the Three Sisters. From Sulphur Creek, it is an easy hike up a good trail to the ridge. Once on the ridge, there are fine views down into Fairy Creek and Fernie; across to Mt. Fernie; back to Mount Bisaro and Mount Klauer and up the west ridge of the Three Sisters. Lucky hikers may see mountain goats. Less lucky ones may encounter grizzly or black bears.
Commencing at the bridge over the Elk River, on the north end of Fernie, proceed east along Hwy 3 for 5.2 km to Dicken Road. Turn left onto Dicken Road and proceed for 600 m. Turn right onto the Hartley Lake Road. Set your odometer to “0”. Follow this rough, 2 wheel drive gravel road for 9 km, passing by Hartley Lake. At odometer 9 km, turn left onto a rough, 4 wheel drive track. Follow this track.
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Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Wed Aug 14 14:50:32 UTC 2019
UpsideBeautiful traverse of several valleys & cliffy north face of the Sisters, awesome views of Bisaro along the way and Mount Fernie-Proctor on the other side while on the ridge. DownsideWithout a proper high clearance vehicle, the approach is long & painful I thought, but still worth the effort! We have a Nissan Rogue and were not willing to give this road a try. There is no way two vehicles can meet on that road and pulling over is possible only every 800 metres or so it seems. CommentEdwards Rating: II (II) L L
Aug 13, 2019 - Dry Conditions
21.3 km, 7 to 10 hours (when parking on Hartley Lake Rd)
// Elevation of 1292 m NET, 1492 m TOT & max 2792 m
**** We came here in May for the first time and turned back early as there was a lot of snow and it would have gotten worse on the north side of the mountain. We started from the main road at GR398972, just 130 metres passed the ATV road to Three Sisters. We walked back up and turned right, hiked an extra 3 km from there to reach the last clearing (keeping left at intersections). Following the trail from now on is quite obvious, going through the clearing and up to the right of the Sisters on a steep and somewhat exposed slope.
One trail stays low and goes east-west behind the Sisters until it turns left in front of the impressive Mount Bisaro. We did miss a turn (GR361942) of a better route going straight up to the ridge after the third bowl (out of 5-6 if going to the boulders field-Mount Bisaro) and I added a picture hoping this helps but the GPS from Micrater is the actual shorter route. If you miss that turn on the way up you keep going to the boulders field and go around on the right-hand side and the trail brings you to the ridge eventually, adding 1.4 km to your trip (one-way).
Once on the ridge, we followed the obvious and good trail on the south side of the ridge, leading to the summit. Youâll see some faint trails bringing you up the lower west summit but we didnât care trying as this was already a long day. Going down, we did take the shorter route, which you can see just after passing the west summit block. The route is on your right and goes down a rubble slope rather than following the grassy ridge down to the boulders field. All in all, this is a great day, no technical difficulties really but still a scramble as per my Edwards Rating.
Posted By: ustrekker
- Wed Jun 15 00:41:20 UTC 2016
Question4 60-ish females planning to do this 6/25/16 - challenging, but we can do it. Unless there are too many/too deep snow fields left? What is the situation up there this year? Thanks!!!!ANSWERS are in this forum: snow on Three Sisters?