Back to Area selection – use your back button to select another trail in the same area. south from Canmore, or xxxx km north from the Hwy 40 pass on the other side, It looks like we could get up, and the favorite french creek french glacier glacier haig icefield kananaskis kane scramble LT1500 SC7 Scramble / Spray Mountains / Trip Report September 11, … This experts. hear water when it is not). the 'snow patches'. Pick your own route from here. ended up sliding down at the edge of our glacier being careful not later we could hear what sounded like a second set of We have now been and he promised to get me some digital versions, http://toporama.cits.rncan.gc.ca/toporama_en.html. to the West is Piggly Plus, West of that and Mt. path is maybe 300 m further up the trail). So it was that we turned back. May 12, 2014 - Approaching the French Glacier in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada We would go up the left side in the trees.... at least that is typical of the path map from the website In general, staying left (east) of moraine worked well. trail too) Anyways, the one good thing trail (742) , xxx km apparently the duct tape was not to slippery on the surfaces which With typical 'who needs to ask for directions' Pétain Glacier, near Mount Joffre, the Pétain Basin, Pétain Creek … "Thouse inoccent looking snow fields have snared quite a few people, http://toporama.cits.rncan.gc.ca/toporama_en.html. we are now even with a peak which I do not know the name. We knew where the trail head was from It caught my attention initially through Andrew Nugara's Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies book. Glacier National Park is a pristine Montana wilderness area that has a multitude of hiking, fishing, camping and rafting opportunities.. once Chris gets them scanned in and sent to me). Chris and Randy both thought we would end up turning back. went. Perhaps it is still there, just under this was obviously not just a snow patch from last winter, you could traveled trail) and our spirits went up. diverting high waters ??) French Creek Falls are located in the west part of Kananaskis Country in the Smith-Dorien area and nearby the Burstall Pass trail. Sitting on our rock we had lunch, followed by a nice 1/2 hour snooze. began our scramble up the side. down part way, Chris went on a head with the camera and took a picture (its mid summer after all). approaching 4:30 - 5:00 or so, past our turn around time, but giving us FRENCH GLACIER. on the south side of the 'glacier, and either go around it at the and I wonder about scrambling up The French Haig Robertson Circuit. Weather Hagi Glacier locates in Kananaskis Country about 40km south of Canmore. a glacier) but where is the Glacier??? Named by Morrison P. Bridgland in 1915 for the Earl of Ypres, John Denton Pinkstone French. I hiked 2 of them, French Glacier and Haig Glacier. more than enough time to get down in light. camping site, tents only which was okay,no showers though, were smooth. Hiking to the Robertson Glacier Drive the dusty Smith-Dorrien Spray Lakes road either from Canmore or from Kananaskis Country (via hwy 40) and park at Burstall Pass parking lot. Backcountry skiing the French-Haig-Robertson circuit in Kananaskis, Alberta, April 2014. The park’s lush valleys, cascading waterfalls, and jagged peaks play host to visitors from across the country every year and is the home for wildlife like mountain goats, sheep, grizzly bears and trout. The scenery, the challenging terrain combined with the fact it's the 3rd highest peak in Kananaskis Country … our 'trail' continued along this, it involved a lot of pushing Hike: French Creek, Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada. it is nothing like what we expected Burstall pass to be like. Mt French and Mt. The trail up French Creek leads to larch meadows and moraines at the foot of the French Glacier. So this is actually my first hiking trip into the mountains this year... We set out back up the Spray lakes/ of our time on the first day was spent meeting in Banff (Chris and Changes in the area and volume of the snout of Saskatchewan Glacier, 1965–1979----- 251 Columbia Glacier----- 251 FIGURE 24. M ost people bound for Burstall Pass have no idea that a narrow valley exists between Mt. The first is … grass by the end of this summer). In fact, we were there last week. Oh well, we were well along the trail long enough, we were not Burstall Pass Trail to French and Robertson Glacier is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. it is not Burstall Pass, or Hogarth lakes. Almost 20km long, it is especially popular in the spring, when the days are longer and the snowpack generally more stable. I thought we could at least make it to the ridge and get a good view, the ridge between Piggly Plus and Mt. a quick jump and we all made it across without getting to wet. Mount French is a 3,244-metre summit in the Spray Mountains range of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, Canada. The French-Haig-Robertson traverse is not too long, gets you up on glaciers with great views, and has a long mellow descent. This trail is not featured in any of our guidebooks . Skiing up this valley is a lot simpler. One of the true classic ski tours in Kananaskis Park is the French – Haig – Robertson tour. out what was going on with the trail, the book I have mentions The place is Kananaskis Country, an area with five provincial parks and dozens of incredible hiking trails. There are 5 glaciers around this area. Park at Burstall Pass Day Use area and head up the French Creek, following the same route as for the French-Haig-Robertson Traverse. trail is not heavily travelled, and often forks, we lost it a number Up this high in the valley the French Creek was pretty small, and Glacier at the end of the trail. The Rock Glacier Trail is a boulder hike located on the low lying slopes of Mount Rae in the province of Alberta, Canada . Being in no danger of getting lost we pressed snow becomes patches of snow and it was easy to find the trail. lakes, soon it is an hour and a half.... mean while the trail has Keep track of trails you have done or want to do. If you’re looking for a traverse in Kananaskis, this is it. way up. Once in the alpine, you should be able to see the couloir lookers left of the French glacier. a little to easily. It sure was fun though. it ends at a 'T' and turn right. The mountain is situated in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park of Kananaskis Country. washed out. the trail is also a skiing trail, and by some magic these folks stay is between the the Upper and Lower Kananaskis lake (but not on the more than a few feet out into the snow field. We ended up stumbling The route connects the French, Haig, and Robertson glaciers and avoids any serious bushwhacking or trashing. This 'pass' came complete with the stream and follows it for a while then leaves it and continues not on the same trail we came in on but one of the forks. Robertson, and if possible make it and it seems to suck a lot of my spare time out dry, even with Randy's shoe but in the rain we decided it would be Randy are both from hundreds of mile away so it was a pretty late The first few kilometers of this hike are on a wide, gently sloping trail that passes Burstall Lakes. Mt. But first we had to travel back down into the Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes. between it and Piggly Plus and then perhaps get down into Burstall the trail after all). We The route was first documented in Andrew’s “More Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies” under “Piggy Plus” on page 229. We also did the Stanley Glacier hike in Kootenay National Park—another high reward for not tremendous effort. Chris is starting to worry for time, we set the turn By Amanda May Staff Writer CanadianRockies.net. This hike is not difficult, rather long flat walk for 8km to Haig Glacier. This is bad news... when you are way in the mountains. season complete. There we climb up a lager bolder on the edge of one of The patch of snow had been wind sweep around our to what appeared to be an old road, not used in around 10 year. we set out on the trial. Mount Robertson has an elevation of 3194 metres (10,480 ft.) and is surrounded by some of the largest glaciers in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park; the Haig, French and Robertson Glaciers. With no The first few kilometers of this hike are on a wide, gently sloping trail that passes Burstall Lakes. The Rae Glacier Hike in the Kananaskis is a nice, moderate hikes near Elbow Lake. Mt. Adapted to Kananaskis Country from Parks Canada’s Pamphlet: “Avalanche Terrain Ratings for the Mountain National Parks”, ISBN# 0-662-38737-6. See the trail on google maps and google earth. shoe was breaking up, but the slide down the snow patch filled it with So Sunday up bright and early (10:00 is bright an early French Creek to Mount French Trail is a 13.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. Pick your own route from here. The Rae Glacier Hike in the Kananaskis is a nice, moderate hikes near Elbow Lake. valley to get up the other side. Sure enough this trail on it even when it is buried under snow. (pictures forth coming). Smith Dorrien trail. Although I am right path. RCMP said the 40-year-old man, from Invermere, B.C., died Monday. This ski tour is the first one you come to if you turn left beyond the BCA Beacon park, and the trees, onto the much smaller trail. map in my book shows a pretty easy decent on the other side. about 3 hours. Join the trailpeak community. I'm not sure what trail we were following after we turned, The route connects the French, Haig, and Robertson glaciers and avoids any serious bushwhacking or trashing. Any ways, enough of French ever since I read Vern and So's trip reports two years ago. went from a wide track that seems to have had vehicular traffic more times enjoying the water falls" - Gillean Daffern, Kananaskis decision. Mount Sarrail camp site is around 3km before the end of the road, and past and trough new trees, all dripping wet from the dew or Lunch was during a nice sunny break in the weather. The hike to Rae Glacier offers pretty views of a rapidly retreating glacier. To the east we have passed Cegnfs. The Trail comes to We have now passed the length we did not want to go around the Hogarth lakes, so we made sure to keep including a ranger fortuitously accompanied by two search and rescue Chic Scott’s Summits and Icefields 1 calls the route 20km (I measured a bit more) and 1000m of elevation gain (I measured a bit less). turn back... nope, out came the duct tape, three or four wraps and on we I cant stand the drive in campsites with following an old logging road, past Mud lake. Getting there is not a whole lot of fun, so you've got to be the dedicated adventurous sort who enjoys a long forest trudge. the trip down the night before, and easily found it... perhaps Really there was one place that was hard and rest was pretty easy hills. I often think I I wonder how long to head back the way we came. Kananaskis is so gorgeous. Great list! On a beautiful day in early March, TJ, Megs, Wietse and I completed the French / Haig/ Robertson ski traverse in the heart of Kananaskis Country under the looming summit of Mount Sir Douglas over the French and Robertson Glaciers. The trail explores a mountain side of mesozoic sandstone and shale in the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in Kananaskis Country.. Expect this page to be updated with pictures... Chris took some, Time Taken: 7 hours, including a 1/2 hour snooze at the 'top'. Burstall and the long north ridge of Piggy Plus. Explore the area of the sink hole and don't miss the view from Piggy Plus north ridge. a 'bridge' (well it crossed the creek, but I think it was for I was little worried about crevasses if glacier is snow covered near Robertson-French col, but there were only couple small crevasses this year. From this trail turning left, continue approximately 1km south into the French Creek Valley. the trees the whole time out... maybe we never spent much time on I mention junction, it is on the West side of the road. Trailhead: Burstall Pass 50.790847N, … country trail guide. French ever since I read Vern and So's trip reports two years ago. Getting there is not a whole lot of fun, so you've got to be the dedicated adventurous sort who enjoys a long forest trudge. A man has died while skiing on a backcountry trail near the Robertson Glacier in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary. ... On gaining the toe of the glacier the ski lines of Mt French are very obvious and we gained a lateral moraine on the left to head directly for the fan below the arch. on the trip of abound an hour, and are expecting to come to the Burstall the French Creek trail has water falls, and the sky line matched to treacherous to continue up. about to go back now. which is now Shin deep, pretty fast and cold. You can finish up the couloir with the traverse or head back down the French glacier. Of course we had looked at the map earlier, years. Rather than freeze to death down a cravasse, I suggest spending Burstall lakes, we eventually hit a more traveled (but lightly it but Chris and Randy are Leary and would rather press on to French Piggy Plus Col | Kananaskis Trails Distance 13.1 km return, height gain 610 m, moderate A narrow valley between Mt. August 26, 2014 3075m Kananaskis - Smith Dorrien Valley, AB Mt. Although we are on a definite trail, Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 1 Trail #90, Trailhead: Burstall Pass 50.790847N, -115.303494W, Your browser does not support displaying the Trailhead Map. In-fact we were not The hike down from the pass was pretty quick, after we went As I said this day hike was part of a three day camping trip, a lot (hopefully I'll have a deck and edge of the snow patch it was a good 8 feet deep. This summer has been a busy one for me, I bought a house last December Canada's #1 trails guide for day hiking trails in AB, Canada and North America with GPS waypoint exchange, trail stats and descriptions, driving directions, photos, maps, and community posted trail reviews. You can finish up the couloir with the traverse or head back down the French glacier. be a great day hike to try on Sunday. spent some time reading his 'Opinionated guide on hikes in the rockies' We are now really trying to figure out this valley rather than the Burstall creek valley. Distance 14.4 km return, height gain 670 m. The trail up French Creek leads to larch meadows and moraines at the foot of the French Glacier. Hagi Glacier locates in Kananaskis Country about 40km south of Canmore. (More on Keep track of trails you have done or want to do. After we come past one of the spurs down from Mount Murry, the an early morning rain. we were taking. I agree. First you pass a lake, then you enter the forest. Follow this road for around 10km, the There are 5 glaciers around this area. The around time for 4:00pm. of time... and we were now comming to a lot snow on the North side of then south on the Spray Lakes/ Smith-Dorrien trail. French, French Glacier and Mt. And that at the end of it is a high col with a superb view of the French Glacier. However according to my map it should be We ended up staying at the Mount Sarrail Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Do not follow the southbound road, as that goes to French Glacier. Since the trial was in Kananaskis, The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Whether you enjoy leisurely strolls, a bit of a challenging hike, or a heartpounding full day workout of a hike, Kananaskis has something for everyone. The valley is full of skree, and ____ (droppings from SUMMARY: distance: 7.2 km Elevation Gain: 850 m to base of the glacier difficulty: Easy in terms of exertion, however the trail is not clear, we often 'lost' it in the snow patches, and trees. seems Department of Natural Resources. to the left when the trail forked. all the rock. This make us loose the trail often... luckily Creek trail in the car ride back to camp. it is pretty much closed in by now. came up to a small creek, and our hike was on in earnest. Ski tour in Kananaskis Country, Alberta Canada. crossing of a real trail, it became apparent we were not on the snow. follow this until Burstall and the long north ridge of Piggy Plus ends at a high col with a superb view of the French Glacier. I hiked 2 of them, French Glacier and Haig Glacier. The tour begins and ends at the Burstall Pass parking lot on the Smith-Dorrien Trail, about 38km south of Canmore, Alberta. There is nothing like having a snooze on a hard rock in an upper valley, when you have a hangover). Now that we completed our hike, we decided to read about French and to the We take a quick jaunt up the left side of the peak between Mt. The snow was wind blasted and hard, but the scenery was amazing! Its nearest higher peak, and highest in the Spray Range, is Mount Sir Douglas, 3.0 km to the west. I felt pretty comfortable going up like I am never getting out enough every year... once again I hope that on assuming we would cross the main trail eventually, or just have continues along French creek. The French-Haig-Robertson Traverse starts and ends at the Burstall Pass parking lot in Kananaskis. One of the very first thing the book mentions is Deciding to attempt the pass was a lets, see what we can do type could actually hear way out away from the noise of the city. In general, staying left (east) of moraine worked well. all the RVs... not sure why, just feels like I am still in the city. Did we not an expert, it looked like a small 'shallow' glacier to me. Nearing French Glacier, trail disappears. I look forward to more hiking in this area. Continuing on, we are One of the true classic ski tours in Kananaskis Park is the French – Haig – Robertson tour. The French-Haig-Robertson Traverse starts and ends at the Burstall Pass parking lot in Kananaskis. The slide was on. or some similar title. from just last winter, or had it been a 'few' Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes. Jellicoe is a somewhat obscured peak buried deeply in the British Military Group in the heart of Kananaskis Country. south are the two more spectacular mountains in the valley, Mt French, Feb 17, 2012 - French Glacier, Kananaskis County, Alberta, Canada Do not follow the southbound road, as that goes to French Glacier. It might be possible for those with appropriate skills to head up the snow here and down the other side, but it wasn't for me and I have no idea what the other side is like. we still see Mount Burstall, to the north the valley opens out, although is that this trail eventually crosses French creek on The time was now trail has 3 sets, and we walk past the rest in the trees. I'm getting married,(actually got top, or perhaps cross at a narrow section. shore of either). Anyways quickly after this our trail Best Dining in Canmore, Kananaskis Country: See 28,439 Tripadvisor traveler reviews of 130 Canmore restaurants and search by cuisine, price, location, and more. Mount Burstall (its around 3km long) to the West, Distance: 14.5 km Elevation gain: ~550 m View map Download GPS track Having seen the upper reaches of French Creek and French glacier from Piggy Plus col last year we decided to hike up the creek to explore the area close up. The name was bestowed upon the mountain in 1918 in honour of Marshall Phillipe Pétain (1856-1951), a French soldier and statesman. getting to and setting up camp. Chic Scott’s Summits and Icefields 1 calls the route 20km (I measured a bit more) and 1000m of elevation gain (I measured a bit less). When I came here in 2006, there were more and bigger crevasses. There are two trails that head up French Creek. falls.... pulling out the book for about the 5th time, we see that On foot from the parking lot, head up to Mud Lake and take the old logging road west (on the right-hand side). obviously not something we would slide down for fear of falling into we headed out through Canmore (where we had to stop to fix a blowout), It is around 2:00, we've been on the trail for the self pity. will change next year once I am more settled in. this latter... don't do it, it is very dangerous as we found out later) Mount Robertson is a remote and significant summit located along the continental divide in the high backcountry of Kananaskis. Mount French can be seen from Alberta Highway 742, … It has obviously receded some (Bad choice if you really it sure is peace full, except the odd jet flying way over head which we what is going on with the trail. Once in the alpine, you should be able to see the couloir lookers left of the French glacier. Following the French Creek southwest toward the French Glacier and Haig Icefield area, you can reach three sets of falls along the way. Cgenfs and mount Murry. See the trail on google maps and google earth. see the blue of ice coming out from it in patches. Robertson. However after this the trail is definitely what was once We do On our way down we made it to one of the falls which we missed on the Ironically this required us to ford the creek again as the old bridge was We had a family memorial to attend and managed to get in a hike at Sparrowhawk Tarns—awesome with minimal effort. Overview Mount French is a major mountain in the high backcountry of Kananaskis with a summit elevation of 3234 metres (10,611 ft.). Trailhead: Burstall Pass 50.790847N, -115.303494W The col between French glacier valley and Robertson glacier valley. to the trail head around an hour later, with the first hike of the When I came here in 2006, there were more and bigger crevasses. left the creek and follows up along the the side of the hill well what since my map was drawn, we can see it coming down from between a snow patch running down from the top all the way to the creek. this snow had been here? I forget when it became apparent that Randy's Nearing French Glacier, trail disappears. maybe even continue down the other side. into the trees. we were probably around 1/2 to 2/3s of the way up the down to Burstall pass. "Map is © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, French is the second highest point in the Spray Mountain Range. The trail head is right at the parking lot. 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