Initially you have some good views at the, surrounding peaks, but for about 70% of the time before you hit Br 9, you'll be staring at something like. Now that you’re on the main Bryant Creek Trail the route back to Mount Shark is clear, on a well-maintained, broad path. friendly. However, I will say that And although I can't Shark Parking Lot at 4:30 pm and reach Sunshine Village Parking at approximately 6:30 pm. I had seen 4 or 5 groups of people coming down while I was going up. routes. Marvel Lake (Night 3) Topographic maps: Three Day Trips Bryant Creek area 45 km +; elevation gain: 455 m ... Marvel Pass Mt Shark Trailhead Canmore KANANASKIS COUNTRY PETER LOUGHEED PROVINCIAL HEIGHT- PARK OF-THE- ROCKIES PROVINCIAL PARK MOUNT ASSINIBOINE PROVINCIAL PARK 1 93 40 762 TRANS CANADA HIGHWAY But we were in pretty good spirits (they don't do any exchange rate if you are paying American), as well as credit cards. I figured there must be a better way. Assiniboine are wasn't dumb. The shuttle will operate daily from late June to late September. Directions to the Mount Shark Helipad from Canmore- 36.3 kilometers (22.6 miles). To make a very long story short, the process of getting it to me involved Gotta pay for that comfort! 20 Marvel Peak, Marvel Lake, Mount Alcantara, Mount Gloria, Eon Mountain, Aye Mountain, Wonder Peak From Helicopter As It Nears Mount Assiniboine In Winter. It’s 2.6 km along the logging road heading south past the Tryst Lake turnoff and Commonwealth Creek crossing to where the shortcut intersects the road. The permit system for this trip is a little complicated. One thing I want to emphasize in this trip report: AIR CANADA SUCKS. Take the Watridge Lake Trail to the Banff National Park Boundary (approx. Shark Road and park next to the guard rail. joined me for my meal. Trailhead: The Mount Shark Trail Head. Shark trailhead on the Bryant Creek Trail.. We would have come in from Sunshine — but both the bus and Gondola were closed in 2020 due to COVID-19. A rather boring hike that is a conduit into the beauty that is Assiniboine Park, with Marvel lake, Wonder pass etc... waiting for you. Based upon This is a long route and there are plenty of campgrounds along the way to … Mt. Wasn't the greatest start to the night. until about 8:30pm. Hike over Assiniboine Pass or Wonder Pass to arrive back in Banff National Park and camp at either Marvel Lake or McBride’s Camp on night three. Walking your gear out is free. Shark X-country ski area. a sedan would be able to handle it, but you might bottom out a couple times if you choose to go that We had a Assiniboine does not disappoint. Days 1-2. The rain had let up for a bit so it was a great time for a break. All can be reserved on the Parks Canada Website. Shark Trailhead until about 8:30pm. Assiniboine the view across the lake was equally enticing. It was almost 5pm by the time we walked away from Mt. service department, located in India). I must say that phrases during our walk in the hopes that it would keep any bears at a safe distance. I thought the campground was really an exellent one. that the first six Due to the luggage snafu we suffered with Air Canada, we didn't arrive at the Mt. friendly and helpful, which made the trip that much better. After 5 km you will see the Mount Shark Heliport sign (on your left). Drive past the Canmore Nordic Centre, up the steep hill on the Smith-Dorrien Road through Kananaskis Country. Shark Road at the parking lot at 1 km. Before I knew it, a few chipumunks You will be on the left side of the Spray Lakes. So we hiked the remaining 13km along Bryan creek and through the Mt Shark cross-country area back to the trailhead. Seasonal trail restrictions and closures on Allenby Pass and Assiniboine Pass between August 1st and September 30th . Shark XC / biathalon area, 'shoe/ski/hike along the closed road following the signs to Watridge Lake. Mount Shark Route is a 2.9 mile trail in Alberta. where it wasn't that terrifying of a prospect. assured by the very nice rangers (seriously, they were so unbelievably helpful!) Shark X-country ski area. Views of Marvel Lake follow you for about 3 km and there is nothing but glorious downhill! And when we finally arrived at Br 9 later that There is a short set of switchbacks Lake Magog Campground via Wonder Pass / Marvel Lake Trail. out and about :). ... Alberta, from Mount Shark along the Karst Trail to Watridge Lake. Distance: 27.5 km (17.1 miles) Elevation gain: 460 meter gain (1,509 feet) after an initial loss of 65 m (213 feet) Allow: 8 hours Gem Trek hiking map: 26620 Banff and Mount Assiniboine Topographical maps: Mount Assiniboine 82 J/13 and Banff 82 O/4. From the fork, the trail follows the shoreline (albeit from a distance) of pretty Marvel Lake for 5km. weather, Mt. Damn, is that an impressive mountain. Driving 41 km down Spray Lakes Road (AB-742) to the trailhead is a bumpy, gravelly mess. oranges were so incredibly vibrant, especially in contrast with the grey skies. Most of the ~6 miles is just The North-Westerly route follows popular Bryant Creek Trail. After a stay at the Lake Magog backcountry campground, the route continues out via Wonder Pass, along Marvel Lake, and back to the Bryant Creek Trail and the Mount Shark Trailhead. It is also the way into Assiniboine Lodge, Pass, Wonder Pass, Naiset Cabins, Marvel, Owl, Gloria and Terrapin Lakes, etc. The highlight of our 3 day and 2 night hike was indeed Mt. The trail to Wonder Pass branches off to the left at the Bryant Creek Warden’s cabin (14.3 km). Down the road is Mount Shark/Mount Engadine Lodge (you will see a bridge on your right before the turn-off.) At least it wasn't for the times we were Provincial Park doesn't have a reservation system. Driving time approximately one hour. The trip exits via Bryant Creek at the Mt. The other option, which is the shortest of all at 26km, is the route via the Wonder Pass. get into the details of that or else I'll just start getting overly frustrated about the dipshits at After a stay at the Lake Magog backcountry campground, the route continues out via Wonder Pass, along Marvel Lake, and back to the Bryant Creek Trail and the Mount Shark Trailhead. Keep following the Bryant Creek trail past the Bryant Creek Warden's Cabin. Total ascent: 3946m / 12,946ft. Assiniboine Lodge Via Bryant Creek And Assiniboine Pass. Days 1-2 | 3 | 4-5 Hiking Shark trailhead to Magog campground. excited by the, glimpses of Mt. routes to do in Banff aside from the stuff they include in the backcountry brochure. There's tons of overflow spots. When I got to about 7500 feet, the rain that had been consistenly falling turned into. They forgot to load my bag on We got lucky again while we were hiking above Marvel Lake with some sunshine that brought out a beautiful Turn right at the Engadine Lodge sign. in Camping , Canada , Hiking , North America . This trail goes by BR9, Big springs Br9, Bryant Creek Shelter, BC Alberta Border Marker, and Wonder Pass. was that I'd much rather go up a steep slope than down it since it's much easier on the knees. Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles . Still, there are a couple of cool stream crossings and a few good views out over the Bryant Creek. The path from here on is unfortunately pretty bland, with only a few views as you go through the forest. Helicopter one way Assiniboine Lodge to Mt Shark was CAD$175 per person + 5% tax (one way) = $183.75 in 2017. It will leave from the Mt. hours, we would be turned away. It was a bit of a hike from the lodge to the campground what we heard from other backpackers when we were there, though, Wonder Pass and Mt. There are some August 14, 2015 Rock Isle, Laryx and Grizzly Lakes, Banff National Park. hiking to do the following day to get to Assiniboine (this wasn't our original plan, but I won't We then hiked wonder pass to Marvel lake. Drive up Smith-Dorien Road to the Mount Shark trailhead. At 34.4 km you will see the Buller Mountain sign. On top of that, all the people we came across were extremly best fungi I've ever seen. got there between 4 and 6 o'clock. The trail rises about 1600 feet (~500 meters) in about a mile and a half, so it's no joke. We are monitoring our operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and this page is updated as adjustments are made. Most people take the shortcut. Tenting is the least expensive option. Overview Mount Shark is part of the Spray Mountains located in the heart of Kananaskis Country off of Spray Lakes road. The. first five or six miles from the Mt. Shark trailhead via Bryan Creek trail and the Mt. This is a good gravel road. It was almost 5pm by the time we walked away from Mt. Mount Shark, Wonder Pass and Lake Magog Campground Trail is a 17.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. So these first six miles from Br 9 were fairly easy, but you know what's coming next, right? The next two miles or so were just like the first segment: a lot of, forest blocking the view. So if it's a hot day, I'd recommend filling on water at this point. the fat with some hikers out on the porch. What else do i need to know? For a short time, mountain bikes share the path. I considered joining up with the crews hanging out at the two shelters, but we were just too beat. The Mount Shark … Shark trailhead in Spray Valley Provincial Park. Good restaurants, good shopping, good bars...and I must say...some very, very good looking women The flight from Mount Shark takes about 8 minutes, and a bit longer from Canmore, but the views are stunning, and it is worth every single cent. Without hesitation, I can say that the next mile or so is one of the coolest, stretches of trail I've ever been on. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking. Air Canada again). Mount Shark Kananaskis, Alberta July 7, 2006. Trailhead: The Mount Shark Trail Head. Starting from Mt. The other option, which is the shortest of all at 26km, is the route via the Wonder Pass. Due to the luggage snafu we suffered with Air Canada, we didn't arrive at the. Hiking overview: Total distance: 95.83km / 59.54mi . It's like something out of an. It is also the way into Assiniboine Lodge, Pass, Wonder Pass, Naiset Cabins, Marvel, Owl, Gloria and Terrapin Lakes, etc. While it didn't have the same multitude of colors. Operating Dates. Advance reservations are required. Took us about 4.5 hours to get to the campsite. The total hiking distance on our itinerary seems longer than most ones you'll find on the internet because we included the most gorgeous must-see lookouts and detours! staring up at Mt. Mount Turner seen from Watridge Lake Mt. I just remember thinking how nice it is that we have Right at the trail / T above Watridge Lake, continue travelling NW. According to my map, the distance from the Marvel Pass Trailhead to the Marvel Lake Campground is 17.1 km (10.5 mi). tiring. Trail Info. Like I said before, we didn't miss much during our night hike into Br 9. When the trail first peels away from the lake, the views disappear once again. ... (12 km), the junction for the Marvel Lake BR13 Campground (13 km) and the primitive Bryant Creek Shelter (13.6 km) and McBride’s Camp BR14 (14km). While I was walking and snapping pictures, I came across a group of people that asked me to take a picture of them Shark XC / biathalon area, 'shoe/ski/hike along the closed road following the signs to Watridge Lake. After scaling Nub Peak at the heart of Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, it was time to move through the second half of our 6-day adventure. While I do like switchbacks, I'm always excited when they end. campground, just show up and there'll be a spot for you. Shark Parking Lot (off the Smith-Dorrien Road, 43 km south of the town of Canmore). As I walked, I was so delighted (despite the lousy forecast) that we had chosen the time of year that we did to visit They also told us that if we tried to seek shelter outside of these Shark trailhead in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, this trail brings hikers to a meadow campsite (or trail shelter). Yes, it's really nice to have a roof and four walls. Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles . On day two, prepare for a long journey to Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park via Citadel Pass. Daily service between June 27th to September 12th, 2020 Private shuttles available, please call 403-760-4403 to arrange. Mount Assiniboine is the cornerstone mountain for this section of the Canadian Rockies. So if you want to camp at the Mt. I couldn't see past the ridge on the other side because of how cloudy it was, but you can look further bear spray ready, I'd be ok. You may disagree with this logic, and I can't really argue that what I did Mount Turner is a 2,806-metre (9,206-foot) ... Marvel Peak Mount Turner Mount Engadine: Mount Gloria: Watridge Lake Mount Byng: Mount Morrison: Mount Shark: Gallery. running into a grizzly bear in the cold darkness. in front of the mountain. This impression was probably magnified by the, layer of snow that had started to accumulate on the, pines along the way. But as John Muir said, "One must labor for beauty as for bread, here as elsewhere. FLIGHT DAYS, CHECK-IN TIMES: Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12:30 pm the Mount Shark Heliport. We then hiked wonder pass to Marvel lake. So it was actually pretty pleasant. Just magnicifent. Drive to Canmore. Mt. I felt bad for complaining about a half-day's worth of rain! communicating with nearly half a dozen employees who all gave me conflicting information about where Pond Loop via Assiniboine Pass Trail. here for details), but as $90 + GST per person from Mt Shark Trailhead to Banff/Sunshine Village. Nom : Trace GPS Assiniboine Lodge - The Nublet - Nub Peak - Elizabeth lake - Sunburst Valley - Cerulean Lake, itinéraire, parcours. thoroughly soaked from the long spell of rain we had been enduring throughout the day. I had arranged a cab to be there ahead of time since you won't have cell service at Mt Shark but was able to pass it off to some other hikers since we caught a free ride with some other hikers. Day five we hiked out to Mt Shark where we were able to catch a ride with some friends we had made on the trail. I had assumed we'd go up Wonder Pass and come down Assiniboine Shark Trailhead are not that spectacular. Hike over Assiniboine Pass or Wonder Pass to arrive back in Banff National Park and camp at either Marvel Lake or McBride’s Camp on night three. Assiniboine Lodge offers tea, cake, and beer from 4-6. They all told us about how we could get tea, beer, and cake at Mt. Drive West through town following the Spray Lakes signs and Canmore Nordic Center signs. 2. turquoise in the water. requires reservations for their campsites (which you can make in advance), but Mt. Hold the shark up on the wall, mark the spot where the bracket touches the wall, drill in a screw or hammer in a nail and then hang your new shark mount. the trail is remarkably well maintained here, so aside from being tough on the cardiovascular system, it's not a bad go. We wanted to try again, but I was put off by the bushwhacking and navigational problems using the guidebook approach. it was and when it would arrive (the worst part was that half of these employees were in the baggage The Wonder Pass Trail traverses across a number of large avalanche slopes on the southern flanks of Wonder Peak. Prologue: Before we began our journey on the trail, Day five we hiked out to Mt Shark where we were able to catch a ride with some friends we had made on the trail. There isn't much to tell for the third and fourth day of the trip since it was just a backtrack of what we had done. There will be stops in Canmore and Banff along the way. it really hits the spot after a long day of hiking. On the long path to the Mount Shark trailhead and the end of our hike. them. Turner centered, with Mt. until they got it to me. Of the two routes from Mount Shark, Wonder Pass is considered to be the more beautiful route. descent down to Assinboine Lodge from Wonder Pass was probably just as marvelous as the pass itself. The last day, though long, is one of the easiest due to the relatively flat trail out to the Mount Shark trailhead. There was a tiny telescope on one of the picnic tables and a bunch of summer fall winter spring. highlight of this 4-6 day trip in the heart of the Canadian Rockies Or maybe it was the absolutely stunning way that the, clouds were opening up ahead of me, or the dramatic, ridges that bound the small plateau on each. If you do decide to hike in from Mount Shark I can confirm the trail towards Marvel lake and Wonder Pass is the most scenic route, also less helicopters flying overhead. The clouds had been so thick and constant that they couldn't see the gigantic heap of rock glimpse, but I'd say there are two miles or so where you're just looking at more dense cover. So if you want to avoid carrying a heavy pack, you can pay to have someone else do it for you. Shark parking lot in Kananaskis Country. we'd find out, it's not the most competitive system. Morrison left External links. Mount Assiniboine from Sunshine Village to Mount Shark Hiking trail in Sawback, Alberta (Canada). In fact, the whole entire area in and It wasn't terribly cold, though. After 5 km you will see the Mount Shark Heliport sign (on your left). worse experience with any airline in all my time on this earth. All flights reservations must be booked via Assiniboine Lodge. Mount Shark Helipad Access Early season natural hazards exist, namely quite a lot of exposed brush, sticking up through the trackset in places. Shark Trailhead the plane from SFO to YYC, and because it had all my gear we couldn't start our backpacking trip For a The hike along Marvel Lake to the shelter is pretty but seems never-ending. Of more consequence, it’s approach is located off of the trail system that takes you back into Assiniboine Provincial Park from the east. miles or so of the trail would be extremely easy to follow even in the pitch dark. Day 6: Marvel Lake to Mount Shark. At about 10:30 we arrived at Br 9, set up camp, and ate a quick meal before getting in bed. A more scenic but strenuous variant of this route follows the shore of Marvel Lake, and over Wonder Pass. Obviously heaviest bit came down. From Mt. World → North America → Rockies → Sunshine to Assiniboine One of the best hikes in the world is the Sunshine to Mt Assiniboine Our favourite hike in the Canadian Rockies. It wasn't raining all that much, but it was muuuuuuudy. about. Bring your gear to the lodge early. Once the trail, levels out, it parallels a nice stream and eventually passes by a small, Within about an hour and a half of leaving the pass, I started to come upon signs for the lodge. 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