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Mount Bourgeau
Banff National Park, Alberta
June 28, 2003

Mount Bourgeau is a long but popular hike. The first 6 km is spent in trees as you hike to Bourgeau Lake. Since our hike began early in the season, Dinah and I brought along ice axes. Perhaps we didn't need them, but they came in handy when we crossed a snow-covered slope above the lake. We encountered little snow after that.

We followed the trail as it runs by charming tarns before reaching Harvey Pass. We continued up a path, although it eventually disappeared. But we hiked easily up the west ridge of Bourgeau. For such a big mountain, the grade is surprisingly gentle.

On the summit, a repeater station spoiled the mountain scene, and a tall cornice blocked views to the east. For unobstructed views, we walked southeast to the end of the summit ridge where I took a panorama.

KML and GPX Tracks

East side of Mount Bourgeau from the Highway 1

Hiking above Bourgeau Lake

Passing a Tarn

The basin before Harvey Pass

From the pass we hiked mostly offtrail to the summit

Trudging to the summit

We began to see mountains in the distance

Looking southwest from the summit

Mount Ball lies west

Standing on the summit looking northeast

Heading to the southeast ridge to take panorama

Looking down at Bourgeau Lake

Starting back down

Heading down to Harvey Pass

Tarn on Harvey Pass

Looking back at the summit above Bourgeau Lake

We'll soon be back in the trees

Glacier lilies

82 O/4 Banff

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