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Buller Mountain Snowshoe

Where:

  • Buller Mountain

 

When:

  • December 12, 2020

 

Who:

  • Ed, Dave, Ian, Craig, Gerard, Tomonori, Rod, Bauer, Michael, Donna, Sonic

 

Trailhead:

  • the trail starts at the Buller Mountain Day Use Area which is 30 km from Canmore on the Spray Lakes Road
  • park on the entrance road to the day-use area which is on the right (west) hand side of the road
  • the trailhead is straight across the road on the east side

 

 

Degree of difficulty:

  • 400 meters of elevation gain to the base of Buller Mountain
  • 10 km out and back
  • the trail is relatively easy to follow, although you have to be careful where it intersects the High Rockies trail in two spots near the beginning
  • be careful of a few avalanche chutes on the left-hand side of the climb up the valley
  • in the winter, we stop somewhere in the valley at the base of Buller Mountain
  • the hike took us just over three hours in packed snow conditions

 

 

Interesting notes:

  • despite a temperature of -18C we were quite warm in the trees and during the few times that the sun poked around the mountain range
  • partway up the forested valley, there are several unique trees that have multiple trunks (still a mystery to me how they are formed)
  • the views in all directions of the snow-covered peaks are quite spectacular
  • the hike takes you between Buller Mountain to the north and east and Mt. Engadine to the south