Thursday, 2 July 2009
Hiking Trails - Sawback Trail - Day 7
[68-Great-Horned Owl. This bird lives in a varied habitat of woodlands, desert and urban areas. With a voracious appetite it hunts squirrels, rabbits, snakes, skunks and geese. Click to enlarge.]
The Sawback Trail follows the rugged Sawback Range from the town of Banff to Lake Louise over a distance of 74km (about 45 miles). The trail is rated moderate to challenging.
On Day 7 the hike will be passing over Pulsatilla Pass (2545m) to the Wildflower Campground (Ba15) covering an approximate distance of 10 km after leaving the Badger Pass Junction Campground (Jo29) at the 43.5 km mark.
[69- Up to Pulsatilla Pass - click to enlarge]
[70-Going to Pulsatilla Pass]
[71-Sign direction - click to enlarge]
There are open meadows and larch stands enroute to Pulsatilla Pass.
[72-Wildflowers - click to enlarge]
[73-Hiking up to Pulsatilla Pass - click to enlarge]
[74 - Looking back and south. Click to enlarge.]
On the ascent to Pulsatilla Pass, stay left beneath the glacier draped cliffs of Pulsatilla Mountain and follow the trail that climbs to the obvious low notch.
[75-Pass - click to enlarge]
[76 - click to enlarge]
[77 - Almost to the top]
[78 - click to enlarge]
Pulsatilla Pass with an altitude of 2345m is a large open area with many vistas. A large alpine lake sits above treeline at the north end.
[79 - View of Pulsatilla Pass - click to enlarge]
[80 - Pulsatilla Pass looking south- click to enlarge]
[81-View from Pulsatilla Pass]
[83 - Looking north to Pulsatilla Lake. Click to enlarge]
[84-North to Pulsatilla Lake]
[86 - Forget-me-nots - click to enlarge]
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[88 - Pulsatilla Lake]
[89 - Pulsatilla Lake - click to enlarge]
[90 - Hoary Marmot -click to enlarge]
[91 - down Pulsatilla Pass]
The trail is very rough and steep here, dropping down the narrow Wildflower Creek valley to Baker Creek and the Wildflower Creek campground (Ba15). This is where the hiker's compass, map and route finding skills will come in handy.
[92 - Rocky Mountain Goat wih kid - click to enlarge]
[93- Downy Woodpecker. These are the smallest of the woodpeckers in North America. The males have a red patch on the back of the head. - click to enlarge]
[94 - Yellow-rumped Warbler can be found in the summer across the north and western portions of North America, and in the fall it migrates south to Central America. It eats insects, spiders and berries. This bird prefers a habitat of coniferous and mixed woodland, parks and gardens. - click to enlarge]
[96 - near Wildflower campground]
TO BE CONTINUED
ParksCanada – Banff
Backpacking Equipment Checklist
http://waputik.tripod.com/gdt_sawback.htmGem Trek maps for Lake Louise and Skoki
Gem Trek maps for Banff and Mount Assiniboine
HI Hostels Intl Survival Guide
A Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Michael Vanner (2006)
Photo Credits: -Chris and Lara Pawluk CC=nc-flickr, -meganpru CC=nc-flickr, -lafalott CC=nc-sa-flickr, -Kris Griffon CC=nc-sa-flickr, -Silvain de Munck CC=nd-flickr, -ru_24-real CC=nc-nd-flickr.