Trail is located within David Thompson Country near the entrance into Jasper National Park. The trail difficulty has been rated as extreme because of an elevation gain of 1100m in the first 6 km. You are rewarded with an excellent view at the top of the pass. The descent into Landslide Lake is very steep. The lake has rainbow trout so come prepared. Like everywhere in the David Thompson area there are no defined campsites but please think of others.
Both ends of trail are on Hiway 11. South end of trail is 8.7km West of Siffleur Falls parking area / 18.4km East of Sask River Xing (Hiway 93 / Parkway) North End of trail is just south of Cline River.
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Posted By: razamatraz
- Mon Sep 10 15:35:14 EDT 2012
UpsideGenerally well marked trail coming from the North end. Beautiful Lake, Beautiful scenery. Very isolated with few campers or other hikers when we went except for one group: Sept 7-10 2012.
DownsideThis is not a trail for beginners. Basically a 35km slog mostly uphill with steep descents through a mix of good trail, mud, rock and boulders. Also one large, somewhat loud, group (which I assume heli'd in) at the lake. We got lost coming down the south route and took 30 minutes trying to follow trails to the left (EAST) which were just a bunch of campsights, when we should have gone right and crossed the stream.
CommentI'm out of practice and we severely overpacked for this (65 pound pack for me and 45 pound pack for the girlfriend) but we were going in mid September when poor weather was possible. Got a late start on the first day (North Trailhead at 330) and only made it about 7.5 km in the first day. Camped just before the trail turns south, along the Cline River. Took our time and made the lake on Day 2 around 4:30. Lake was awesome although we never brought fishing gear and the best spots were taken by a large group.
Left late the third day (1:30pm) and headed up the South route. Intense climb, especially the last part which is a mix of shale, sand and boulders at altitudes between 2300 and 2500 meters. Didn't know of camping locations below so camped in the bowl just under the ridge at 2300 meters which was pretty awesome and surprisingly stayed above +5C even at night. (I think we got pretty lucky with the weather). Hiked out to the South trailhead down 900 vertical meters leaving at 1030 and out at about 2 which was pretty hard on the knees given the pack weight and fairly slow. Too heavy to bound down.
Had we known that there were more camp sights at the South end of the lake we might have camped their instead of at the North end.
I intend to upload a GPS path when I figure out how.
Posted By: lance.618
- Mon Nov 22 00:31:50 EST 2010
UpsideChallenging, the approach through the pass has spectacular panoramas. Excellent fishing.
DownsideThe trail is a little poorly marked in some spots, not bad on the south approach (head for the lake, or head for the pass) but heading out along the Cline river we had to backtrack up and out of a ravine. As well as the "fly-in hikers" have tendencies to be loud boisterous drunks burning any and all firewood
CommentIt would be so much better if there were no fly-ins.
Posted By: mmathieu
- Thu Jun 26 19:34:42 EDT 2008
Upside- wonderful sceneries - round-trip possible if there's too much snow on the pass (seems to be often necessary for those who are not prepared for snow hiking) - fires allowed - easy access to water all along the trail
Comment3 days would allow you to go to the lake of the falls on the same trip. This hike is not extreme if you start by the north end of the trail. I would say it's moderate, even available for beginners. Just be aware that the way up to the lake is pretty tiring, much more than the way back.
Posted By: 9bennett
- Sun Jun 01 21:12:16 EDT 2008
Upside-fairly well marked trail most of the way -interesting terrain with a few creek crosssings that had sturdy trees laid across them so I didn't have to get feet wet. -good cardiovascular workout - we did about 30km in one day up and back - bring moleskin along (I wish I had)
Downside- May 30, 2008 snow still on trail last 1 km or so before landslide lake. Trail not visible in snow at that point and the going was treacherous with all the big boulders in the way so we turned back. - many deadfalls across the trail, especially after the junction that turns off to lake of the falls - just prior to that junction there is a mudslide area along entry creek that would be impassable in wet conditions- one would have to take a steep hike above the mudslide to find secure ground to hike on. We went to Entry Lake, a very small lake a few km before landslide lake and it was still covered in ice, I'm sure that Landslide Lake at a higher elevation would also have been covered in ice as well. Spring is about 3 weeks later than usual in this area.
CommentWe went in from the Cline River entrance with day packs of about 15 pounds. We did about 30 km in and out. Hiking all the way to Landslide Lake in one day would be very difficult with 30+ pound packs. There are numerous campsite alternatives before the Lake of the falls junction, but not many alternatives after that point.
Posted By: NW Brazeau
- Tue Feb 20 20:23:50 EST 2007
Upside-good fishing and dayhiking opportunities
Downside-its not protected by park or wilderness area
CommentI've hiked the trail and agree but for one thing...its Cutthroat trout.
Posted By: wildminks
- Mon Jan 15 23:24:01 EST 2007
Upside- many campsites throughout area - very fast elevation gain - trail is in decent condition
Downside- may be too steep for beginner/novice hikers - water source from glacier is almost gone...
CommentI would suggest you give yourself/party 2 days to complete this if you plan to hiking all the way thru, there are lots of places to set up and the area is to good to pass up...