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Harvey Pass Professional Review and Guide
"It’s best to do this hike on a sunny day in late summer. Deep snow often lingers into July in Bourgeau Lake’s high shady basin and Harvey Lake may be frozen until August. Most of the way to Bourgeau Lake is steep, and in forest, with little to see. Bourgeau Lake is a rather shallow tarn backed by stark rubble and the cliffs of Mt. Bourgeau. The glory of the trip is Harvey Pass (2450 m) with its rich azure lake from where you see the distant wedge of Mt. Assiniboine, highest summit in Banff Park. En route to Harvey Pass you get good views back to Bourgeau Lake, which appears more attractive as you ascend. Near Harvey Pass, you go through a large verdant amphitheatre dominated by a giant outlier of Mt. Brett. By exploring the meadows at the pass, you see even better panoramas."
--Don Beers, Day Hikes Near Banff (Rocky Mountain Books).
We made the mistake of taking this hike in late may only to be hiking through 2 feet of snow, although beautiful we were not prepared at all. The second trip was amazing, the first part is pretty easy with not alot to see but forest and a lot of wildflowers. There are a few clearings and a bridge you cross before getting to a spectacular waterfall. Enjoy the scenery because the next section is tough. Several steep switchbacks then you come out into the bowl where Lake Bourgeau sits. We had a nice picnic on a huge rock lining the lake and decided not to continue on the 2.2km trek to Harveys Lake
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