Trip Reports: Backpacking In The Height Of The Rockies, Canada - July 2016

In July we drove over the border into British Columbia, Canada and headed east towards the Height of the Rockies Provincial Park in eastern BC. The trek I had in mind is a somewhat obscure one involving several hours of driving along dirt forestry roads to access a seldom traveled trail which eventually fades into a convoluted off-trail routefinding adventure, finally arriving at a spectacular series of high lakes in a rugged glaciated basin.

Despite the long and grueling nature of the hike to this basin, we pushed through in one day and arrived just in time to catch a spectacular sunset over the mountains!

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A spectacular sunset over some remote and pristine alpine lakes in Height of the Rockies Provincial Park. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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This is my idea of paradise. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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After a very long day of hiking into the Height of the Rockies Provincial Park in the Canadian Rockies, we set up our tent on a flat rock slab terrace with an insanely spectacular panoramic vista of the basin. This was quite possibly the most epic tent spot I've ever had... and that's saying a lot! Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Nice view to wake up to! Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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An alpine paradise in the Canadian Rockies. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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A friendly marmot poses for the camera. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Claudia makes a new friend! Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Some other hikers walked by our campsite and mentioned that they had just seen a grizzly walking just over the hill behind us! We never did see the bear, only the resident marmots. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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For our second night we moved down to the lake and camped on a long narrow peninsula. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Moonrise over Mount Abruzzi. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Hiking in front of Mount Swiderski. Knowing how long the hike in was, and with deteriorating weather, we decided to break up the hike out into two nights. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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A lone deer pauses to check out the photographer. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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One the way in, we crossed through this labyrinth of convoluted limestone terraces. Not wanting any part of that again, we took a much better high ridge that bypassed all of this. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Camping below Mount Joffre before the final hike out. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

You might have noticed that I've been somewhat vague about the details of this location; this is intentional and the reason is because in a mountain range as crowded and over-photographed as the Canadian Rockies, a remote and pristine basin of this caliber deserves to remain obscure!