Mount Bourgeau via Harvey Pass Tr
2 reviews Banff National Park #35 hike out of 304 in
6 hrs 26 min
This is a difficult out and back trail to Mount Bourgeau in Banff National Park.
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Mt. Bourgeau is a classic hike in Banff with amazing scenery all along the route and stunning 360 views from the summit. It’s an easy trail from parking lot to the summit, but a long day though... our GPS said 25.29 km round trip with elevation gain of 1534 meters. Would definitely do this one again... in fact, can’t believe in all our years of hiking it’s our first time there!★ ★ ★ ★ ★
— 24.3% (456m/1880) highest grade of ascent — 13.4% (1481m/11/09 km) Average grade of ascent ———————————— Start in the Bourgeau Lake parking lot and take the only path out of the parking lot, outwards into the forest. You will quickly replace the buzz of the Trans-Canada Highway with the songs of birds chattering and the delightful addition of a fresh forest smell. Spend about 7.5km in the forest trekking up to Bourgeau Lake. During this time, you will be near Wolverine Creek, with occasional crossings. Enjoy the tranquility as you gain 710 meters of elevation. While for many people Bourgeau Lake is a trip in itself, the real magic is the journey up to Harvey Lake and Harvey Pass. After enjoying a break at the head of the lake, pass to the right of the water and follow the rougher path upwards, enjoying the wonderful views down upon the lake and the enormous cliff face of Mount Bourgeau. As you rise, keep your eyes open for marmots, one particular stretch along here we often refer to as “Marmot Town”, having seen so many on previous trips. Quickly, after 2km and 300m you reach Harvey Lake. Don’t stop here – although it’s lovely. Continue on the left of the lake and make it to the pass, another 500m. We recommend coming over the pass to get out of the wind. From here you have views to Mount Assiniboine as well as down over Healy Creek to Sunshine Meadows. For those who are adventurous, you can continue up to the top of Mount Bourgeau, roughly 2.7km and 400 meters higher.