Bumped into a large adorable porcupine on the way down. After we had lunch below the hut, it was time to leave. 16 June. However, the last 2km is very steep with a very narrow pathway. Loved the hike and the fantastic views of waterfalls, glaciers and the thousands of flowers currently in bloom up top. Asulkan Valley Trail. Avalanche Mountain and Eagle Peak. Easy first 3-4 km's then very step last 3kms to the hut. Asulkan Valley Trail. Je vous la recommande. Rationale Highly used trail that showed evidence of frequent high magnitude avalanches. The narrow Ridgeline is a bit tricky, both going up and coming down. Incredible hike with spectacular scenery that keeps getting better the further you go. Multiple waterfalls and Lush green alpine forest along the way. Until then half snow cover, half trail. First crossing of Asulkan Brook The remain of the Glacier House, a hotel in the Rogers Pass Area in Glacier National Park Time: 7 - 8 hours. You can walk all the way up to the Asulkan Pass, but we just walk the flat area through the Asulkan Valley in Glacier National Park. The trail ends surrounded by glaciers, which is an incredible view. Nous l'avons fait avec nos enfants de 16, 14 et 11 ans. Cascades d'eau des glaciers, végétation typique de la Colombie Britannique, glaciers, vue 360 sur les rocheuses, sentier sur des crête et de l'air pure. After the river crossing, the trail lurches upward and onto a narrow ridge spine that is just wide enough for the trail, providing a stunning photo op all the way up to the cabin. Distance: 14 km Elevation gain: 920 m Download GPS track On the third day of our Glacier National Park camping trip, Sandra and I decided to hike the Asulkan Valley trail to Asulkan Hut. The trail finishes on a ridgetop bearing the hut. We’ll detail some bear safety at the bottom of this post. Absolutely beautiful views that are well worth the hike. Surrounded by beautiful waterfalls and mountains. The trail is pretty easy until after the 2ish mile mark when you start a steep descent up a ridge for the rest of the way. Then the trail vanished completely under the snow. L'inclinaison est très accentuée, les mollets risquent de vous chauffer. The Great Glacier Trail in Glacier National Park, British Columbia, Canada is a short, easy hike of 4.8 KM (3.0 miles) one-way with an elevation gain of 330 meters (1,083 ft). Check out the tent at the trailhead before you head up... there's a board with all of the recent wildlife sightings noted, including a few grizzly sightings right at the tent! The remains of Glacier House, a 90-room resort until service ended in 1926. August 9, 2020. Didn’t see any bears. Pas vu d'ours et il y avait d'autres randonneurs ce qui augmente le sentiment de sécurité. 7. 4. Asulkan Valley Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Columbia-Shuswap A, British Columbia, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Sign up to receive hiking updates, information about upcoming contests, and special offers. Beautiful views every 10 minutes. The route Great day trip up to the Asulkan Cabin with spectacular views over the glaciers in Glacier National Park. The last 2 km on the way up is not easy, but was well worth the effort once we got up to the Hut. Had to turn around ~500m from the top as the weather was turning but an overall stellar hike. Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 3,169 ft Route type Out & Back The Asulkan Valley is incredibly beautiful to walk through it and we regularly look around to … Awesome views throughout! Log in to Reply. 8. Balu Pass Trail. il suffit de s'octroyer plus de pauses. The trail travels alongside a mountain stream, passes the remains of the Glacier House, and leads to several stunning vistas and cascading waterfalls. It essentially follows the Illecillewaet river up into the Asulkan Valley. 6. We encountered a bit a snow - mostly near the last bridge. The second bridge is not installed yet so we will return for the final leg of the hike. From Illecillewaet Campground, follow the main trail to Glacier House and then continue south. Eventually the trail climbs above the brook. When skiing up from Wheeler Hut, there is a section in the Asulkan Valley which is in an “avalanche alley,” expecially from the slopes of Mount Abbott and the Rampart. Highly recommend. Some beautiful views for the top 2-3 km and the bottom 3-4 km are beautiful forests and avalanache slides. DIFFICULT 4.2 mi. We only saw one other couple the entire time. Outline Rationale Objectives Background Methodology Results Discussion Conclusion Recommendations. EASY 4.4 mi. Will definitely return to finish the hike one day. A bit too early in the season but the whole valley was for us alone. Would recommend poles for the way down as the gravel can be quite slippery on the narrow ridge in parts. Fantastic trail with great views from the moment you get in. The views all the way up are definitely worth the effort, though. The Asulkan Valley trail was one of my favorite hikes. Well worth every step. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website. And if you're lucky, you'll spy a porcupine feeding by the trail as I did. 10/10 recommend this hike. The first half of the trail is an easy walk through a valley bottom and the second half is a steep hike up moraines to an elevation level with the tongue of the glaciers near Asulkan Pass. Le sentier vous présentera des fleurs sauvages et sa difficulté est évaluée comme difficile. EASY 4.4 mi. Location: Glacier National Park Photo Date: June 2017. The hut is only 200 m away from here. The cabin comes equiped with heaters and stoves. … We found it to be around 7.5 km total distance and about 750 vert meters from the parking lot according to our suunto devices. Beautiful view throughout the entire hike. From a bridge over Illecillewaet River we had view of Cheops Mountain. Phenomenal views of the glacier and surrounding valleys from the Asulkan hut. Nice views of Mt. No sighting of much talked about bears. Back in the lush valley, I almost missed seeing the porcupine half-hidden in the thick vegetation next to the path. Asulkan Ridge panorama Asulkan Ridge is a line of lesser peaks between the Bonney and Sir Donald groups. It should be a good one, for sure. The first 4 km are easy/moderate, and are a good hike if you’re looking for something a little less intense but with good views. Asulkan Valley Trail est un sentier allez-retour de 8.3 miles modérément fréquenté situé près de Columbia-Shuswap A, Colombie-Britannique en Canada. Saw others crossing, but they didn't seem to mind wet feet. 8:30am to 5pm. Once past the Glacier House remains, you can pretty much just keep right at every junction. Sir Donald and the Asulkan glacier. It's a tough slog the last 1-2km. Despite the name, Asulkan Valley trail reaches alpine levels to provide vistas of glaciated peaks. On this day, it is important to save strength for Saturday’s upcoming marathon mission. However, the hike seemed longer than the roughly 13km advertised. This well maintained hut, which sleeps 10 comfortably, can be accessed by hikers, for a fee. Access to the Asulkan Cabin will require a creek crossing after this time. bobspirko.ca  |  Home  |  Canada Trips  |  US Trips  |  Hiking  | Snowshoeing  |  MAP  |  ABOUT, Asulkan Valley Trail We awoke early the next morning, made coffee and breakfast and packed up some last minute items before starting up the Asulkan valley trail. If you have a bit of fitness and stamina definitely try this hike! Keep dogs secure and make sure you have bear spray and you should be good. Asulkan Valley trail is well-signed and passes other trails before settling into an unbranched path. 25/8. Asulkan Valley trail. Pack for cold as the hut, as you are on the snow line and it gets windy. The Asulkan Valley trail had four grizzly bear sightings in two days when we were there (and it still wasn’t closed!). Please note that Parks Canada removes bridges over stream crossings on this trail each year on October 1st and replaces them each year near the middle of June (dependent upon conditions). Asulkan Valley Trail. In 1905 the cartographer and explorer Arthur O. Wheeler wrote on the Asulkan Valley: " A gem of mountain scenery. Asulkan Valley Trail is trail #13. Marion Lake Loop via Abbott Ridge Trail. Amazing 360 degree views! Trail was dry, gorgeous and a bit challenging at the 5 km point and up. It had glaciers, waterfalls, valley, forest and panoramic mountain views. I made a short side trip to see Meeting of the Waters where Asulkan Brook and Illecillewaet River collide. Juanita Mayfield. It was demolished in 1929. But while Renata and Dinah sauntered back, I zipped down. Glacier Crest trail reaches the hill in the foreground. After it disappeared, I continued down the trail. Glacier Crest Loop via Great Glacier Trail and Young's Peak Traverse. DIFFICULT 3.7 mi. Description: Strenuous climb up to a 360 degree view of glaciers. The trail is wide and well marked with signs at each junction. Glacier National Park – Asulkan Valley Trail and Great Glacier — 10 Comments Juanita Mayfield on June 10, 2020 at 18:37 said: Hi Lisa, if by chance you get a cancellation, I would like to go on this hike. On the left side of the ridge is a lush, green valley and on the right side is a valley of glacier moraine, showing where the Asulkan glacier once lived. From the Illecillewaet trailhead, backpack in 5.1 miles, gaining 2,900 feet to the Alpine Club of Canada’s Asulkan Hut, a two-story palace of wood and glass that sleeps 12. Asulkan Valley Trail is a 13.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Columbia-Shuswap A, British Columbia, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Only made it to the first bridge (about 2/3 of the way), but with it being taken out for the season couldn't cross without getting our feet wet. The farther I hike, the more spectacular the views become. 9. Bladu Pass and Marriott Basin Trail [CLOSED], Terminator Peak and Terminator 2 Peak Trail, Columbia Wetlands Wildlife Management Area. Looks like there is way more snow after you cross it. The views from the top are spectacular! The huckleberries were still around and paintbrush flowers still in bloom. Day two, scout the neighborhood with a half-day climb of 9,341-foot Youngs Peak, a glaciated 1.5-mile, class 3 … We had a good break at the ridge and made our way over Mts Abbot and Afton. Trailhead parking fills up fast on weekends at this time of year and the trail itself was moderately busy. Asulkan Valley Trail This moderate trail (6.9 km each way) takes in mountains, waterfalls and glaciers as it leads through the Asulkan Valley to the Asulkan Hut. Contest Year Submitted: 2017 ‹ Previous Photo Garibaldi Next Photo › Garibaldi. The bottom of this Trail is moderate for sure, but the upper portion should be rated as difficult or hard. The Asulkan Cabin is located in Glacier National Park, British Columbia, and is situated high up the Asulkan Valley at Rogers Pass.While you could easily day hike up the valley to the cabin, it's much more enjoyable to spend a night and to enjoy some off trail exploring above the cabin if you are able to spend a couple of nights here. You can hike without map, compass or GPS, but keep your eyes open as there is much to see, from snow-cover peaks and tall waterfalls to basking marmots and scuttling ptarmigans. Il faisait 10 degré au sommet et il y avait du vent. We did not see bears on the trail on August 27, but hikers on August 26 noted multiple grizzly bears/deployed bear mase. You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Asulkan Valley Avalanche track Geography 477 Fall 2007 Penny Simpson, Jessica Paramio, Maciej Stetkiewicz, Ashley Dittmer. If you bring snowshoes, as we did, you can walk away from the water to the left and trek upwards across the snow. The Abbott Ridge hike. Roaring, rushing, milky water is everywhere. Very steep after the (roughly) 5km mark on the ridge. After the trail passed through trees, Leda, Pullox and Castor Peaks appeared ahead. We met a porcupine on the way down that got my dog in the face with its quills - beware! Today was overcast and we had to park at the highway which added another 2km onto the hike. Well maintained trail but we turned back when trail started getting steep (as we had previously decided to do). We managed to reach the second bridge which was still out for the season. The Asulkan Valley Trail leads from the Illecillewaet Campground, steepening in the later sections to reach the crest of the moraine below the hut. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Beautiful waterfalls and flowers with great footing, just a bit steep at the end, but then there were glacier views and more flowers. After the bridge, the ascent steepens as it climbs the narrow crest of a moraine. C'est une magnifique randonnée qui vous offre de tous. Arthur O. Wheeler Hut via Asulkan Valley Trail. Like the Balu trail, where the 2003 incident occurred, the Asulkan Valley trail is heavily used by backcountry skiers. Map Chrismar Adventure Map Glacier NP--Rogers Pass ($13CAD; 905-852-6151; chrismar.com); NTS quad 082N05 ($16CAD for waterproof versions; 888-545-8111; fedmaps.com) Huts $36CAD/person/night; (403) 678-3200; alpineclubofcanada.ca; Askulkan … We were hoping to finish the hike but the last bridge is not set up yet. Elevation Gain: 869 m. Trailhead: … Lisa Boutry on June 10, 2020 at 19:03 said: Hi Juanita, Thanks for your interest in this hike! The first half or so of the trail went through forests up the valley, basically followed the Asulkan Brook, crossing it a few times. Visible … Just 10 minutes from the parking lot, it's a pleasant way to finish the trip. 20-10-2020: Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details: Difficult Glacier Crest Trail: Snow covered. An incredible hike and views, not sure why it’s showing up as closed because we spoke with park staff that let us know this whole area is open. This trail was a great workout. The trail runs alongside Asulkan Brook before bridging it high on a slope. The Asulkan Valley Trail is frequented by not only day hikers, but those seeking to do some glacier travel and mountaineering. DIFFICULT 9.1 mi. If you sleep in the Sapphire Col shelter, return to the Asulkan Hut and its approach trail by descending northeast to the foot of the icefield. Areas is frequented in the winter and early spring by cross country skiers . Illecillewaet Campground via Great Glacier Trail. If you wish to use the hut, contact the ACC for reservations. I cross a removable wooden bridge over Asulkan Brook and the trail soon takes me past the junction for the Glacier Crest Trail. however, the last 1.5 km are painful and a bit dangerous for beginners hiker like me. The trail climbs the slope on our left. The trail up to Asulkan Hut is very well defined and maintained. EASY 3.5 mi. Length - 6.9 km (one way) Hiking time - 3-4 hours, uphill Elevation range - 1245 - 2114 m (869m) Trailhead - Illecillewaet Campground Map coordinates - 117°29'31"W 51°15'49"N *Please Note: Seasonal bridges will be removed for winter beginning October 1st. All bridges were in when we did this on Monday July 20. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Lovely hike from the get go. The nearsighted animal fed on leaves and appeared unaware I was video recording five metres away. 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