Burstall Pass

Canmore, Alberta

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Burstall Pass is along the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail, south of Canmore in Alberta's Kananaskis Country. This beginner trail works best as a combination of mountain biking and hiking. It begins on a level fire road and passes three tiny alpine lakes along the base of Mount Birdwood. The ride is approximately 2.48 miles before you'll need to park your bike and continue on foot. From here, the hiking trail climbs to a lower bowl at the base of Mount Birdwood before climbing to the true pass at the elevation of 7808 feet. The total distance from the trailhead to the pass is 4.65 miles. In fall, as you pass this lower area and begin climbing toward the true pass, the bowl is filled with the golden color of the alpine larch. the only evergreen that isn't, the larch loses its needles every fall. The pass is an explorer's dream. The view back to three-summit Mount Birdwood and Mount Chester in the distance are remarkable. to the west, the deep blue waters of Leman Lake and Mount Leman pay tribute to General G. Leman who helped defend Belgium during WW I.

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"Burstall Pass is along the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail, south of Canmore in Alberta's Kananaskis Country. This beginner trail works best as a combination of mountain biking and hiking. It begins on a level fire road and passes three tiny alpine lakes along the base of Mount Birdwood. The ride is approximately 2.48 miles before you'll need to park your bike and continue on foot. From here, the hiking trail climbs to a lower bowl at the base of Mount Birdwood before climbing to the true pass at the elevation of 7808 feet.

The total distance from the trailhead to the pass is 4.65 miles. In fall, as you pass this lower area and begin climbing toward the true pass, the bowl is filled with the golden color of the alpine larch. the only evergreen that isn't, the larch loses its needles every fall. The pass is an explorer's dream. The view back to three-summit Mount Birdwood and Mount Chester in the distance are remarkable. to the west, the deep blue waters of Leman Lake and Mount Leman pay tribute to General G. Leman who helped defend Belgium during WW I."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Canmore
Distance: 9.3
Elevation Gain: 1,578 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: Mid-June to late September.
Trailhead Elevation: 6,230 feet
Top Elevation: 7,808 feet
Local Contacts: Kananaskis Country, 403-678-5508.
Local Maps: Topo: 82 J / 14 Kananaskis Lakes. Kananaskis Lakes & Region map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Burstall Pass

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