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Snow Peak
Kananaskis, Alberta
August 10, 2008

Snow Peak is an easy scramble with great scenery. It took us an hour and a half to reach Burstall Pass. From the pass, Dinah and I 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.

KML and GPX Tracks

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.

Odd-looking fungus

L to R: Mount Birdwood, Pig's Tail and Commonwealth Peak

Nearing Burstall Pass

Heading to Snow Peak from the pass

Looking back at the pass

We followed the ridge up

Burstall Lakes below

Easy grade up a scree slope at first

Mount Burstall in the centre

Flowers dot the lower slopes

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

Easy scramble

Dinah scrambles up

A short ridge walk to the summit

Mount Smuts

Mount Assiniboine on the right

Leman Lake

On the summit

82 J/14 Spray Lakes Reservoir

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