Mt. Field - Yoho Area
A view of Mt. Field from the Burgess Pass trail
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.
Spot where you head off-trail up the open slopes of Mt. Field.
Regular trail heads north towards Wapta Mtn and the Burgess shale.
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.
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. Its
a right off the highway, then left down an unpaved road to the trailhead.
From the Burgess Pass trailhead its 8.2km of strenuous
hiking to the pass (2 ½ to 3 ½ 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. Youve got around 400
m to go at this point.