Mt. Field
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Mt. Field - Yoho Area

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A view of Mt. Field from the Burgess Pass trail

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B - Mt. Burgess    BP - Burgess Pass

View taken from Mt. Field's summit ridge looking west. Burgess Pass trailhead in photo starts at the TransCanada highway not Emerald Lake.

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Spot where you head off-trail up the open slopes of Mt. Field. Regular trail heads north towards Wapta Mtn and the Burgess shale.

Mt. Field

Scramble: Class 1 – Steep Hiking

Altitude: 2,635m (8,643 ft)

Elevation Gain: 1,365m (4,477 ft)

Ascent Time: 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 Hours

Best Season to Scramble: June to September


If you have one of those clear days, this scramble although strenuous provides outstanding views of Mt. Stephen to the south, The President and Vice President to the north and Mt. Carnarvon to the northwest. Bring your binoculars. The great views are tempered somewhat by the long slog back down the trail to the parking lot.

Getting There

Head west out of Calgary on the TransCanada highway # 1 to Lake Louise 187km (116.9 miles). Continue west on the TransCanada, heading down the Kicking Horse pass towards Field, B.C. for around 24.5km and locate the unsigned parking lot on the north side of the highway approximately .4km before or east of Field. It’s a right off the highway, then left down an unpaved road to the trailhead.

Route Description

From the Burgess Pass trailhead it’s 8.2km of strenuous hiking to the pass (2 to 3 hrs to the pass). Going up the Burgess Pass trail you have Mt. Burgess on your left and Mt. Field on your right. From the pass follow the trail to the right (about 15-20 minutes) as it winds around until you come to the open slopes of Mt. Field and the trail heads towards Wapta Mountain to the north. Leave the trail and head up open slopes moving right to access a fairly big gully. You’ve got around 400 m to go at this point.