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Narao Peak
Yoho National Park, B.C.
August 31, 2002
Distance: 17.6 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1391 m

For Narao Peak, we didn't start up the Lake O'Hara access road as recommended in Scrambles, but rather we took the trail to Ross Lake. Our reasons were two-fold. Before committing ourselves to the descent route that Kane suggests, we wished to study the goat track to Ross Lake. Second, rainfall from the previous night had drenched the forest; the several hundred metres of extra bushwhacking would have left us soaked at the start of our trip.

Gert, Dinah and I covered more distance than the direct approach, but it placed us at the same spot above the treeline where the grand views begin. We started hiking up the north ridge, but higher up we had to do some moderate scrambling. We reached the summit without difficulty. The descent route via Ross Lake turned out to be straightforward and worthwhile for the scenery.

KML and GPX Tracks

Narao Peak seen from Paget Peak

Plodding up endless talus

Cathedral Mountain

Looking ahead along the ridge

On the ridge

Looking across Kicking Horse Pass at Mount Ogden, Paget Peak and Mount Bosworth

We avoided a jagged section of ridge

Looking east at the hanging valley above Ross Lake

Gert hikes along a clifftop

Typical climbing on the ridge. When the scrambling looked difficult, we went around to the right.

Scrambling up the chimney

A closer look at the chimney

Looking for a place to regain the ridge

Dinah scrambles up

A closer look at the two summits

Almost at the summit

North Peak of Mount Victoria

Mount Niblock and Mount Whyte

Heading back down the talus slope

Back at the chimney

Starting along on the goat track above Ross Lake

Following a goat trail on the ledge on the descent

Looking back along the slope

Heading down to the lake

From Ross Lake, the ledge appears as a long green line partway up the face

82 N/8 Lake Louise

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