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Robertson Glacier Hike

  Ratings:    Ratings 4 Star
Level: Mod to Diff Time/Dist: 4 to 6 hours / 19K return Elevation Gain: 260m

Trailhead: Park at the Burstall Pass parking lot located on the Smith Dorrien Spray Lakes road 36kms south of Canmore. Note: Gravel road access only. Kananaskis Country

Description:  Locate the trail head on the west side of the Burstall Pass parking lot. Continue on an old fire road past Mud Lake. At approximately 4.5kms you'll reach a wooden beam foot bridge crossing a few stream braids and the open gravel flats leading towards Burstall Pass. Turn south (left) at the log bridge and locate a trail that works it's way south towards the Robertson Glacier. The trail is often washed out in spots by a braided stream flowing out of the Robertson Glacier. In a short distance you'll be out of the trees and onto what feels like an endless amount of glacial moraines. The toe of the glacier is approximately 5kms from the wooden foot bridge. Views of Mount Robertson and Mount French are stunning. The steep moraines on both sides of the narrow valley seem alive with constant erosion. Beware of falling rocks and stay away from the valley walls. The Robertson Glacier is a popular cross country winter ski destination and is often used by die hard down hill skiers during the summer. The glacier itself is relatively safe with only a few crevasses however glacier travel experience is necessary if you plan on hiking the glacier.

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Bow Valley Campground, Elk Flats Group Campground, Lac Des Arc Campground, Bow River Campground, Three Sisters Campground  Boulton Creek, Lower Lake, Interlake's, Canyon Creek, Elkwood, Mount Sarrail, and Mount Kidd. Trailheads to Chester Lake, Headwall Lakes, Elbow Lake to Elbow Loop, Hidden Lake, Fossil Falls, Kananaskis Fire Lookout, Ptarmigan Cirque, Tombstone Lakes, Mount Lipsett, Robertson Glacier and Rawson Lake are all located near here. You are in bear country.


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