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2020 at Molar Pass

Our 2020 camp at Molar Pass is a favourite location inside the Banff National Park amongst many Skyline Hikers which was last visited in 2010 (see video below).

This year's camp dates are:
  • July 13 to 18
  • July 20 to 25
  • July 27 to August 1
  • August 3 to 8
  • August 10 to 15

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The camp is located on a small secondary creek in a broad valley. There are spectacular views of the mountains right from the camp.

 Photo courtesy of Ed Silver  Photo courtesy of Jane Phipps

The moderate trail into camp starts at the Mosquito Creek trailhead on the Icefields Parkway and is about 7 km in length. It starts with a brief climb along Mosquito Creek. Once past this initial climb, the valley broadens with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and the remainder of the hike into camp is relatively easy. Overall elevation gain is 250 metres.

A choice of 5 or 6 hikes will be offered each day from camp. Each day hike is led by a volunteer leader. Hikers should be prepared to hike over rough trails (many above the tree line) for 5 to 25 km per day with elevation gains of 200 to 1000 meters. Hike times average 6 to 7 hours per day including stops.

Photo coutesy of Suzanne Ware  Photo courtesy of Barb Thurston

Photo courtesy of Diane Donaldson  Photo courtesy of William Peddlesden

Photo coutesy of Diane Donaldson  Photo coutesy of Catherine Malcolm

Camp life provides an interesting contrast to the peacefulness of the trail. Meal times in the dining tent are happy, noisy affairs. The camaraderie continues around the evening campfire where descriptions of hikes planned for the following day are given. It is also a time for singing, recounting of the day's events and telling of tall tales.

Photo courtesy of Diane Donaldson  Photo courtesy of Angela Flemming

  Photo courtesy of Robert Vanderzweerde

Maps

Topographical Map References:

  • Hector Lake, Map Reference 082N09 (or 82 N/9), Scale 1:50,000

Gem Trek maps:

  • Bow Lake & Saskatchewan Crossing, Scale 1:70,000

Shown below is a topographical map from the Government of Canada's GeoGratis service (used under licence). Click on the map to see a larger image.


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