This trail winds upward from Highway 16 through a forest of Douglas fir, hybrid spruce, aspen and birch, and then joins an old roadbed which climbs moderately for a short distance. This is an old forest fire access road build in the early 1960s and abandoned after the fire was brought under control. The old road soon levels out and proceeds to a picnic area at a small lake. Just before the lake, the trial splits. Beginning here, both branches of the trail pass through a lush avalanche slope environment with dense shrubbery.
The straight ahead branch goes directly to the picnic area, while the right branch will take you on a circle tour around the lake, beginning with a good view of a waterfall above the lake, finally rejoining the main trail at the picnic table. Also, you can make another right turn a short distance up the right branch and climb a very steep trail up the mountainside for fine views of the lake and the Robson Valley, and at the very end of this trail is another waterfall.
Beware of ticks in this area in the spring, though they are not the variety that causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Near the top of the grassy banks above the lake, to the right of the falls, is the Tete Jaune Cave. A short branch trail leads left off the high trail above the lake, and approaches the waterfall area well below the cave; you will have to scramble further up the dirt slopes to find the cave, which is at the foot of a band of rock cliffs and just about as far left toward the waterfall ravine as it is possible to walk without excessive risk of a serous fall. Please note that at this writing, the only open entrances to the cave is a vertical chimney which requires equipment and some technical skill. For the technically competent, a tight rappel may be made down the chimney with return by the chimney climbing or the use of priskis or ascenders. A second entrance, which was non-technical, is now buried under fallen rock and dirt which has accumulated.
When returning to your car, watch for the trail branching off to the left above the highway. If you do miss it, you will arrive at the weigh scales; simply walk east along Highway 16 to your car.
From Valemount travel north on highway 5 to Tete Jaune Junction; then take Highway 16 east towards Mount Robson for about 1.5 km and park at the avalanche gate just easy of the weigh scales. The trail starts at a Little Lost Lake trail sign about 100 meters back towards the weigh scales.
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