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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


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