This post belongs to the first series of hikes, which is a 11-day backpacking trip from Kananaskis, along the Continental Divide to Yoho National Park. Today’s post covers the fourth day.
Lake Magog to Howard Douglas Lake
23km –8 hours - moderate – closest town: Banff, AB
[2- Magog Creek]
[3-Asters and Paintbrush]
Cross Og Meadows before reaching Og Lake
[4-Meadows near Mt. Assiniboine]
[5-Mt. Assiniboine and meadows near Og Creek]
[6-Mt. Assiniboine from spot near Og Lake]
[7-Og Lake campsite]
Walk to Og Lake where there are a large quantity of ground squirrels. It is important to ensure one has sufficient water as there is no water between Og Lake and the top of Citadel Pass.
21.0 miles (33.6) — Og Lake. Elevation: 2,026.5 m (6,755 ft.)
From Og Lake to Citadel Pass is 4.2 miles (6.8 km)
[8-Valley of the Rocks]
The stroll through the Valley of the Rocks is up and down and twisting around large odd shaped boulders from an ancient landslide. Here the hiker re-enters Banff National Park.
[9-Valley of the Rocks]
Follow the traverse on the steep open sidehill of Golden Valley which is contoured high up until the start of Citadel Pass which some hikers find to be the most demanding of their journey.
[11-On side of Golden Mountain]
[12-Golden Mountain - Can you see the deer?]
[15-Beyond Golden Valley]
[16-Beyond Golden Valley]
Steep ascent to Citadel Pass where in summer there is the wonderful display of wild flowers on the open slopes below the pass.
[17-Citadel Pass - looking back]
[18-Citadel Pass trail]
[19-Citadel Peak – 2610m (8563 ft.]
29.0 miles (46.4) — Citadel Pass. Elevation: 7,740 feet (2,322 meters)
Located on the continental divide in the Porcupine Creek Valley at the head of Howard Douglas Creek; west Buttress of Citadel Pass; on the border of Banff & Assiniboine parks, Alberta/BC border. Major headwaters Bow & Kootenay rivers.]
On the summit of Citadel Pass (at 9.3 km) is a side trail to Fatigue Pass that branches uphill to the left.
[20-Citadel Peak Pass Trail through meadow]
Descend to the Howard Douglas lake and past to the camp.
[21-Howard Douglas Lake]
[22-Howard Douglas Lake and Citadel Peak]
The campground here is small and tent sites uneven, and there are small fish in the lake. Hikers need a Banff National Park wilderness permit to camp overnight here.
Sources: BCParks, ParksCanada
Photo Credits: -nstrauss, -jonclark, -totten_photos CC=nc-nd-flickr, -meganpru CC=nc-sa-flickr.