Healy Pass Peak & Ramparts * Scroll down to content. Defeated, I decided to âjustâ hike to Healy Pass (still 18 km round trip) and started up the wide trail in a huff. Things just werenât going my way! Back at the gondola base! Storm Mountain soars skyward above Gibbon Passâ larch-littered meadows. with Joanna. © 2017 Matthew Hobbs | Current design by Matthew Hobbs - Original Design by Andreas Viklund, âlarch madnessâ thatâs overtaken Moraine Lake and other larch hotspots, Verdant Wildfire bumped up against Twin Cairns very near Sunshine Village. Watch Queue Queue On descent, I found easier terrain a little further to the north. An update on the glacier lily bloom at Healy Pass 2020. Itâs best known as a hiking destination, but also provides a great ski tourâwith an emphasis on tour. Meh â hindsight is 20/20 and all. Time needed: 7.5 hours. After resting for a bit at a large rock at the trail junction for 1)the Monarch Ramparts (heading southeast), 2) the valley to the backcountry campground at Egypt Lake (heading northwest), and 3) up to Hawk Ridge (heading almost due north), we wandered for a bit to take some photographs. enjoys great powder, but at a much slower speed than the skiers - however Joanna was infinitely faster on snowshoes than I was! January 21, 2017. Not only In the past years, many scramblers have been up there; it's now known as Healy Pass Peak or Healy Peak. The scenery continued to impress, but Egypt Lake campground is directly below Pharaoh Peak. wikipedia; Hiking Trails (7) 1. From now on, it will be well indicated. Further to the south (right), snow-capped Fatigue Mountain, Nasswald Peak and Golden Mountain tower above the Sunshine Meadows. Thankfully the Verdant blaze never leapt the continental divide. bout of cardiac arrest at bay! Throw in a lake midway up a mountain and some great wildlife watching opportunities and you get a hike that is well worth putting on your must-do list. Autumn in the Rockies is as colorful as it is short. Head up to Healy Pass in late September or early October to check out the beautiful larch trees in their golden glory. This proved to be the last straw. their achievement (apparently headstands were the antic of choice!) Joanna and I travelled Beautiful Larch. Search Engines - search the web for "Healy Pass Peak": Wikipedia Search Microsoft Bing Search Google Search Yahoo Search: Ascent Info Total successful ascents logged by registered Peakbagger.com users: 2 Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 2) Selected Trip Reports from this â¦ Photo Meghan J. While the view from Healy Pass is gorgeous, it is also worthwhile to walk a few metres down the trail towards Egypt Lake. Consider This/ It was only meant for people who are on the going list. 2,000+ vertical meters is totally doableâ¦â. Ironically, it appears that off-trail travel on the peakâs virgin west flank is legal while the established (but unofficial) trail up its south ridge is forbidden. The Monarch from the meadows before heading towards Healy. Sunshine Village (left) looks uncharacteristically snow-free but that will soon change! As I laced up my hiking boots, a snapped shoelace was the first omen. The plod Family life is more rewarding (and at the same time more exhausting) anyways! Although I was super interested, having never visited the Healy âIf I use a bike for approach, maybe I can explore some really remote areas â 35 km roundtrip isnât that longâ¦â, âI donât get out that often. as one group and Raff, Chelsea and Catherine the other. seeing Mr. Clay’s awesome Worse still, I noticed a Parks Canada restricted activity notice at the trailhead: summer off-trail travel has apparently been banned in the Sunshine Meadows area. top of my list of snowshoe trips to do. Healy Pass Peak is the unofficial name of a prominent ridge to the north of well-traveled Healy Pass in Alberta's Banff National Park. Obviously, my ambitious plans werenât meant to be. extreme trail-running races, and whack load of mountains ascents and I was no match for either! The reasoning for naming this peak "Healy Pass Peak… Healy Pass Access Description Drive Sunshine access road branching west from Trans-Canada highway some 10 … From here, I retraced my steps and regained the official trail 200 meters west of Healy Pass (and the off-trail restricted zone). It can be cold on top of Healy Pass, as it is quite exposed, but this makes for excellent views. What a or Mount Robson, from base to summit 67 times, or the stairs in the Golden goodness to cure my âlarch feverâ. describe this stunning area. environs around Healy Pass. However, after The start of the trail keeps you shaded from the summer sun as … Click to see larger. At a small peak called Claddaghgarriff Apache and I admired the view, turned around and within 45 minutes we got back to basecamp one at the top of the Healy Pass. Itâs a long trek in and the ski out has a few speed bumps in it. Egypt Lake Shelter via Healy Pass Trail. Yellow fall scenery with The Monarch in the background. Family check_circle. The north ridge of Healy Pass Peak. Healy Pass and the creek which flows down from it were named by geologist George Dawson for âJ. A colorful larch carpet at the base of Mount Brett (left) and Black Brett (right). I was around 2 hours into my day and the larches were going off in every direction. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Weâd traveled very quickly for the first 7.0 km, but had slowed down considerably in the meadows as we tired a bit, broke a bit of new trail, and just soaked in the scenery. I decided that a one way trip was the way to … at the top, Alison, Heath, Joanna and Raff had already celebrated Join us for our Larch March up Healy Pass with some wandering off-piste quickly overtaken by all on skis and arrived at the parking lot in a DIFFICULT 21.0 mi. This slide path was south facing and well below tree line. I was able to Bourgeau. There are plenty of good size boulders in the pass to recline on and least your eyes roam. This is a very popular peak-bagging objective if the wealth of online trip reports is any indication, and Zosia Zgolak and I had been eyeing it as a possible ski ascent for quite some time. A picture of Healy Pass peak hosted by travelblog.org. report, Pharaoh Peaks is a 2,713-metre (8,901-foot) mountain with three summits located in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.Pharaoh Peaks are part of the Ball Range in the Canadian Rockies. Further, why promote it heavily on social media? Caption: Scarab Lake, near the BC-Alberta border, huddles against the walls of Scarab Peak while Egypt Lake nestles among the trees below. This was somewhat curious as the restriction was intended to protect sensitive off-trail alpine areas. with Joanna – she was simply slowing down to a pace where I could. While this avalanche area wasnât scenic enough to be noteworthy, I was rather impressed to find that snow from an avalanche last winter (the white in the middle of the gully) had persisted through the summer into late September. The average snowshoer in good conditions should be able to reach Healy Pass within three to four hours. A pair of paternoster lakes (Scarab Lake above/Egypt Lake below) and the imposing east face of Scarab Peak. The road criss-crosses the river with a few waterfalls to enjoy, until it climbs via a series of hairpin bends up into the mountains. Snowshoe trip: 4.5 up. Access Healy Pass by taking a shuttle to the Sunshine Ski Resort, which is just west of Banff on the Trans-Canada Highway by about 15 minutes. Crux stops to enjoy a perfect fall day at Healy Pass. Mountain height: 2577 m Elevation gain: 985 m Ascent time: 3:50 Descent time: 2:30 This is a very popular peak-bagging objective if the wealth of online trip reports is any indication, and Zosia Zgolak Saturday 21st January 2017 18:02. 5. Last glimpse from Healy Pass, weather has deteriorated. Fortunately, both routes stay well clear of the established trail on the âforbidden ridgeâ. Crowsnest Pass Area; David Thompson Country; Don Getty Wildland Provincial Park; East Kootenay; Glacier National Park â Canada; Height of the Rockies Provincial Park; Jasper National Park; Kananaskis Country; Kootenay National Park; Robson Provincial Park; Siffleur Wilderness Area; Wapta Icefield; Waterton Lakes National Park ; White Goat Wilderness Area; Ya Ha Tinda; Yoho National Park; Wat Not quite a perfect sphere, but close enough! Viewpoints check_circle. Hoping to find a legal way up it, I closely examined the âRestricted Accessâ sign that Parks Canada littered atop the pass. the day after his ascent, the trip was immediately catapulted to the Raff and Joanna demonstrate that they have more than just mountaineering skills (photo by Raff), Katherine and Chelsey at the summit (photo by Raff), Chelsey and Katherine start the descent (photo by Raff), Katherine enjoys great powder (photo by Raff). area and magnificent it was! long, the descent was easy and gratifying. We Mount Bourgeau, as seen from near the end of the trip. Larches for miles at the base of the Ball Range to the west! Even the bugs were decked out in full fall colors! Not wanting to waste the day, however, I came up with a more modest Plan B. Healy Pass Peak has been on my snowshoeing to-do list for ages but I figured that it would make a great larch hike as well. Assiniboine, an abundance of lakes and glacier clad peaks all vie for attention. The walk down to the Egypt Shelter lets the legs stretch after the long uphill. Calgary Tower 1052 times! Healy Pass is a long and progressive hike on well-maintained trail. Suspecting that Healy Pass Peak would require such travel, I threw my arms up in the air. Just a couple of miles from where we were staying at Adrigole, the Healy Pass should not be missed. Difficulty: Moderate. Fantastic wildflower display at Gibbon Pass Our 3 day, 42 km backpacking trip from the Vista Lake Trailhead across Gibbon, Whistling and Healy Pass via Egypt Lake to Sunshine Village is one of the best hikes you can do in Banff National Park. Recognizing the early signs of âlarch feverâ, my work and wife granted a prescription for the only cure to my ailment â an autumn alpine adventure! Since we had a high pressure system moving in, a peak with inspiring views would be appropriate. Thank you for your patience while we retrieve your images. Healy Pass Peak . Joanna 4. height: 2577 mElevation gain: 985 mAscent time: It was indeed pretty long. The area closure clearly extended north from the pass along the peakâs south ridge making the unofficial trail a âno-go.â My heart skipped a beat, however, when I noticed that the closure did not extend to the west of Healy Pass! As earlier, the kilometer and a half below Healy Pass flew by as I continued to revel in the brilliant fall sceneryâ¦. It was unconsolidated sugar and our poles pushed 1.5 meters to ground when we went off trail! Onto the first viewpoint. The Monarch (2904m) is the large mountain on the right behind the Monarch Ramparts. The reasoning for naming this peak âHealy Pass Peakâ is the same as how âBurstall Pass Peakâ was named by Andrew Nugara. Running/jogging track by Alison Sekera. Nearer the pass we followed some old ski tracks that contoured to the north towards the south end of Healy Pass Peak, then continued up the very gentle lower south slope of Healy Pass Peak. Joseph and John Healy were brothers and itâs not clear which the pass was named for (although Joseph seems to have been more involved in local events). On ascent, I bashed up a steep hillside to the climberâs left of an old rock slide. I had been to the nearby Monarch Ramparts before, but didnât get any view from the top, so I always wanted to come back to this area. Watch Queue Queue. Thus Healy Pass Peak is best done as winter snowshoe trip, while Eohippus lake trail can be used as alternate access to Monarch Ramparts in summer. Healy Pass (Trail Junction) via Healy Pass Trail. The fall air was brisk and refreshing yet the sunâs kiss was warm. This video is unavailable. You can use mechanized access to get right into the … No matter, Iâll borrow my dadâs bike (I need to drop off a little one with my parents anyhow). DIFFICULT 7.6 mi. Its rated as difficult not for its intensity, but for its endurance. This 22 km, 1000 m day had me limping around the house, sore and stiff for days after! Healy Pass Peak Route is a 1.1 mile trail through Banff National Park. Another larch-laden valley to the north below Pilot Mountain (right). was Raff game to join me, he also brought friends – Joanna on Isabelle Peak (distant left) and massive Mount Ball (right) tower above Lesser Pharaoh Peak (center left). Start your adventure in the Sunshine Village ski resort parking lot. The ski area covers most of Eagle Mountain, Mount Howard Douglas and Wawa Ridge although the resort refers to the former as âGoatâs Eye Mountainâ and âLookout Mountainâ, respectively. Aurulent ambers adorn the alpine as the trail climbs gently towards Healy Pass. Views of The Monarch and the Monarch *Experienced Hikers Only*If you received an email from me regarding updating your RSVP, please disregard. Vantage Point: From Healy Pass. Mount Assiniboine (3618m) is the prominent pyramidal peak on the horizon beyond Nestor Peak (2972m). Somehow the email went out to a differ Finally out of the trees, with great views of The Monarch, Katherine and Chelsey enjoying the open views (photo by Raff). After being so uptight for much of the morning, the summit of Healy Pass Peak was nothing short of cathartic! The Healy Pass | Ireland's Great Drives Healy Pass Ireland is found in southwest, a perfect diversion from the longer Ring of Beara driving route. Mt. Using my “approach” technique, I barely even paused at the lovely, cool and windy Healy Pass. Itâs 2017 so a selfie is more or less obligatory. The grade steepened as we gained elevation, but still remained relatively gentle, and sections were windblown down to … Katherine and Chelsey, but it was a pleasure getting to know Joanna. Elevation: 2570 m My day featured some unexpected twists and turns but, ultimately, ended exactly like I hoped it would: atop a spectacular summit surrounded by brilliant fall colors! The trail to Healy Pass is as long as the introduction to this trip report and (in my mind) significantly less interesting! I visited this summit in the early 90's but back then, it didn't have a name. The objective for this weekend changed a dozen times, from Michener to Windy Point Ridge, even to Massive Mountain, but eventually we decided to go for an unnamed peak that had been on my radar for a while, Healy Pass Peak. Bantry Bay from Clashduff . Healy Pass and the creek which flows down from it were named by geologist George Dawson for “J. Bourgeau is flanked by snow-capped Mount Aylmer (distant left), Cascade Mountain (left) and Mount Peechee (right). What can I say? I couldnât miss it, could I? Mouse over for lines. Looking south-southeast from the summit of Healy Pass (2354m) in Banff National Park. Once at the pass, the forest opens up to reveal lofty peaks and deep mountain passes on every side. After resting for a bit at a large rock at the trail junction for 1)the Monarch Ramparts (heading southeast), 2) the valley to the backcountry campground at Egypt Lake (heading northwest), and 3) up to Hawk Ridge (heading almost due north), we wandered for a bit to take some photographs. From Healy Pass, the spectacular Sunshine Meadows stretch southward. Trailhead: Sunshine Gondola Parking. The day started cold (-20 ish) at the parking lot. More distant Mounts Whitetail (center left) and Verendyre (center right) are both named but much less obvious from this vantage. A peakâs prominence, also known as topographic prominence or relative height, is a measure of how distinct a peak is from other peaks. As I inspected my dadâs bike, I found its tires flat and the adaptor required to fill them missing. Snowy Observation Peak is visible in the distant center while Mount Hector is notable to the right. Hiking check_circle. Resources. Assiniboine from Healy Pass. An unnamed tarn highlights the view towards Mount Assiniboine (left) and the Monarch (right). Assiniboine en route to Healy Pass. Nearer the pass we followed some old ski tracks that contoured to the north towards the south end of Healy Pass Peak, then continued up the very gentle lower south slope of Healy Pass Peak. Thus Healy Pass Peak is best done as winter snowshoe trip, while Eohippus lake trail can be used as alternate access to Monarch Ramparts in summer. August 10th 2008 We spent two days on the Beara Pennisula. It took us 2 hrs 24 min. The views at the end are absolutely stunning with an incredible view of the mountains. The woods masked all. Good boy! the mountain before I was even close to the summit). I was The elevation at the pass is 2,508 m. According to Gaia, the elevation gain was 760 m (while Strava recorded it as 690). Healyâ in 1884. 3. â¦the next 7.5 km, however, could only be described as Bourgeau-esque. DIFFICULT 21.0 mi. The trailhead is located at Sunshine Village ski resort, 18 km from Banff and 160 km … Mt. The trail was rock hard (an issue compounded by the stiff mountaineering boots I wore after tearing a lace on my hiking boots earlier). From that point, the open west-facing slopes of Healy Pass Peak beckoned! As you can see, the scenery to the north/west of the pass is as fine as that to its south/east! I didnât. Healy Pass Access Description: Drive Sunshine access road branching west from Trans-Canada highway some 10 minutes north of Banff townsite; park here. Iâd been expecting views of the Monarch from Healy Pass but finding a monarch there in late September was rather unexpected. Crux enjoys the colorful scenery from his 75th different summit in the Canadian Rockies! Retracing my way back up to Healy Pass. Each made me angrier. Vern Dewit Photography Trip Photos Not sure what these distant mountains are, but they certainly look inviting! Hiking the ridges of Mount Healy beyond the trail is permitted, but can be dangerous. with vastly improving views of the entire area. A soul-soothing summit panorama. Iâm a hopeless peak bagger. With the aim of giving the Parks closure a wide berth, I hiked down from Healy Pass for a full 200 m on the official trail to Egypt Lakes. This was my first, up-close look at the Pharaoh Peaks and Egypt Lakes The switchbacks become steeper and you’ll have a mixture of dirt path and sections with footholds blasted into the rock again. Some maps show the next bump being a contour interval (40 m) higher than the one I'm on, but it's clearly lower. After sweating and sulking my way up the first few kilometers, a funny thing happened. a host of other super-human feats. As I grabbed my bike from the garage, the back tire inexplicably fell off. Again, I tried to attack the summit from the climberâs left so as to respect the restricted south ridge (right). Joanna and I had a Michener to Windy Point Ridge and then to Massive Mountain, but eventually we decided to go for an unnamed peak that had been on my radar for a while. The path is rock hard and mostly in the woods. We were passed by a solo skier just before the meadows and he broke trail exactly in the right direction for us. It rained a lot. The pyramid shaped mountain to the right is Pharaoh Peak. As September ebbed, however, idyllic images of golden larch trees and alpine meadows crept back into my consciousness. Autumn Sky Photography Home; Portfolio Healy Pass Peak to the north and a sign forbidding the usual access to it via unofficial trails up its gentle south ridge. Beyond the blisters, words canât really express how much the final 7.5 km down sucked. PhotoDescr: A carpet of alpine flowers leads down from Healy Pass to the Pharoah Creek valley. After the 9 km and 655 m gain required to reach Healy Pass, most hikers are probably content to eat lunch and turn around! 21 sept. 2019 à 6:30: Wanting to avoid the hoards that descend into the Larch Valley of Moraine Lake / Sentinel Pass area? At a small peak called Claddaghgarriff Apache and I admired the view, turned around and within 45 minutes we got back to basecamp one at the top of the Healy Pass. Upon returning to Healy Pass, I found it just as gorgeous and golden as when I left it earlier! Healy Pass Ireland is found in southwest, a perfect diversion from the longer Ring of Beara driving route. While the view from Healy Pass is gorgeous, it is also worthwhile to walk a few metres down the trail towards Egypt Lake. January 13, 2013 2577m Banff, AB The objective for this weekend changed a dozen times, from Mt. The Monarch from the meadows before heading towards Healy. 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