Mt. Bourgeau - Banff Area
From Lake Bourgeau you head to the end
of the bowl and up here
The upper alpine bowl heading east
towards a steep slope to Harvey Lake
View from Harvey Lake of the slopes up
to the summit
At last the summit, nice smile Blake,
don't fall asleep!
Mt. Bourgeau- Banff area
Scramble: Class 1 Ė Steep Hiking
Altitude: 2,930m (9,610 ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,500m (4,920 ft)
Ascent Time: 3 1/2 Ė 5 Hours
Best Season to Scramble: July to September
This scramble is a long one! Did I say that itís a long
one? (approx 25-26 km round trip) But if you donít mind a long hike you have
a full day of great alpine scenery. You have to do it once right?
Head west out of Calgary on the TransCanada highway # 1
to Banff 132km (82.5 miles). Continue west on highway # 1 to the Bourgeau
Lake parking lot approx 2.9 km past the overpass to the Sunshine Ski area.
You will see a sign for the parking lot, itís a left hand turn, across the
east coming lanes. The lot is on the south side of the highway.
From the parking lot take the well maintained trail
approx 7.5 km to Bourgeau Lake. While Bourgeau Lake sits below the summit of
Mt. Bourgeau you have to circle around the mountain to access easy scramble
slopes. Continue right of the lake on an obvious trail which takes you to
the back of the cirque. From here you climb out of the Bourgeau Lake cirque
to a high alpine basin. Once in the basin you will be basically circling
around to your left. You will pass to unnamed tarns, then up a steep little
slope to Harvey Pass/Lake. From here the last portion of the route to the
summit is obvious, see photo. If you have a clear day Mt. Assiniboine
dominates the scenery to the south.