Snow Peak is an easy scramble with great scenery. It took us an hour and a half to reach Burstall Pass. From the pass, we hiked up a broad, gentle slope to the southeast ridge of Snow Peak. Staying close to the ridge, we came across trails that made the climb easier. Part way up we encountered two figures slowly descending. I was surprised by their age: they must have been in their seventies.
A little over an hour from the pass we were standing on the summit. It was warm with a few clouds; there was no sign of a thunderstorm that was in the forecast. We spent over half an hour on the top before starting our descent. Coming down we saw a large number of people on the broad pass. After reaching the pass, we quickened our pace and left the crowd behind.
Crossing the gravel flats, Snow Peak on the right (mouse over for a close-up).
Negotiating logs to cross the largest stream in the flats. Commonwealth Peak on the left.
L to R: Mount Birdwood, Pig's Tail and Commonwealth Peak
Burstall Pass is on the left, out of sight
Heading to Snow Peak from the pass
Looking back at the pass
Burstall Lakes below
Easy grade up a scree slope at first
Mount Burstall on the right
Flowers dot the slope below the peak
Left is "Shark Fin" and Mount Soderholm (mouse over for a close-up)
Looking down at the pass. Mount Sir Douglas on the skyline (mouse over).
Minor cliff band before the false summit
Dinah scrambles up
A short ridge walk to the summit
Mount Assiniboine on the right
On the summit
82 J/14 Spray Lakes Reservoir
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