Whistlers Mountain

9:40 a.m. on July 22, 2013 (EDT)
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Whistlers Mountain is a nice little peak just outside the town of Jasper, with great views of Yellowhead Pass running east-west and of the Athabasca Valley running south to the Columbia Icefields.

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The trail starts at the hostel (once the original ski lodge) and traverses through the forests for some distance before climbing up a scree-covered ridge to the alpine. An extra 200 metres elevation from there gets you to the top, where you can get wonderful 360° views. Elevation gain is about 1300 metres (4265 feet).

For the lazy, the tourists or the handicapped, there is an aerial tramway up the north slope that gets you within 200 meters elevation of the top. Many people who ride up just look at the views from the tram then go back down again, but some hike the extra distance.  Most dropped out within the first 50 metres. The grind up the trail took a few hours, but we were actually passed by two people who were running it!

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The views on the way up were spectacular, with the surrounding ridges and mountain tops, rock formations, alpine flowers, and even the occasional marmot.  

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Even better views at the summit, where we were pretty much alone. I wasted a bit of time knocking over a few of the larger inukshuks (cairns) erected by the tourists, but it's a losing battle at a place like that. 

Looking south towards the Icefields...

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West, with Mt. Robson in the distance...DSC02523.jpg

Indian Ridge, if you want to go on a bit farther...DSC02514.jpg

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(cool hat)
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although my Interpretive Guides toque worked better when there was a chilly wind at the summit.

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...and when my companion borrowed my TS hat.

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View up the Athabasca Valley towards the Icefields.

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...and out Yellowhead Pass.

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Back down after a gorgeous day...
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10:03 a.m. on July 22, 2013 (EDT)
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Great TR Peter, the views up there are excellent. Thanks fro the great photos!

10:41 a.m. on July 25, 2013 (EDT)
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It was a gorgeous day. Easy to get nice photos when you're at a spot like that.

11:16 a.m. on July 25, 2013 (EDT)
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wow, sure nice pictures. I got a chill seeing Mt Robson. I need to get back up there again

1:01 p.m. on July 25, 2013 (EDT)
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Agreed:

  1. Berg Lake in Mt Robson Park
  2. Lake O'Hara in Yoho
  3. Iceline Trail in Yoho

The three best hikes in the Rockies, IMHO

3:37 p.m. on July 25, 2013 (EDT)
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Mt Robson was the first and only place I have backpacked in Canada. I was in awe the whole trip. I was suppose to meet up with some folks the next yr to go to Yoho and that fell through on my end

7:47 p.m. on July 25, 2013 (EDT)
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If there was only one, you couldn't have picked anything better, Ewker. 

11:11 p.m. on July 25, 2013 (EDT)
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I sure wish I had the vacation time to head up there for a few weeks of backpacking!

11:11 p.m. on July 25, 2013 (EDT)
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It was amazing esp when you are camping across the lake from Mt Robson and the glacier going down to the lake.


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9:18 a.m. on July 26, 2013 (EDT)
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I did a TR last year on a backpacking trip there, if anyone's interested.

See: http://www.trailspace.com/forums/trip-reports/topics/133435.html

And: http://www.trailspace.com/forums/trip-reports/topics/133446.html

If anyone wants to do that trip (or many of the other overnighters in the Canadian Rockies) there is an amount of pre-planning required, including getting the necessary permits and arranging for accommodation before and after. If you're seriously interested, I can try to find phone numbers and websites for you. Campsites at Berg Lake, for example, have to be booked at least three months ahead of time, and you'd better be the first guy on the phone when reservations open!

2:52 p.m. on July 27, 2013 (EDT)
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cool pix, peter! I always enjoy your trip reports.

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