Burgess Pass

Golden, British Columbia

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To make the most of this trip, you may want to take a guided hike of the Burgess Shale fossil find with Parks Canada. Or you can hike to the top of the Burgess Pass just to gain the spectacular views. Forty-eight switchbacks. Need we say more? Yes, it’s uphill— for every step of the 8.2 kilometers—but it’s worth every one of them. Even if you’re not interested in fossils, the variety of alpine flowers you’ll see along the way could fill a book, and the views of Mount Stephen (3,199 m), Mount Dennis (2,359 m) and the Kicking Horse Valley are breathtaking on a clear day. There is one thing this trail could do without though, and that’s the hum of traffic; you can still hear it at the top. Ranked as one of the most important fossil localities in the world, the Burgess Shale was declared a World Heritage Site in 1980.

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"To make the most of this trip, you may want to take a guided hike of the Burgess Shale fossil find with Parks Canada. Or you can hike to the top of the Burgess Pass just to gain the spectacular views. Forty-eight switchbacks. Need we say more? Yes, it’s uphill— for every step of the 8.2 kilometers—but it’s worth every one of them.

Even if you’re not interested in fossils, the variety of alpine flowers you’ll see along the way could fill a book, and the views of Mount Stephen (3,199 m), Mount Dennis (2,359 m) and the Kicking Horse Valley are breathtaking on a clear day. There is one thing this trail could do without though, and that’s the hum of traffic; you can still hear it at the top. Ranked as one of the most important fossil localities in the world, the Burgess Shale was declared a World Heritage Site in 1980."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Golden
Distance: 10.3
Elevation Gain: 3,560 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Season: Best mid-June to mid-September
Trailhead Elevation: 3,576 feet
Top Elevation: 7,218 feet
Local Contacts: Yoho National Park
Local Maps: Lake Louise & Yoho (GemTrek Publishing); Lake Louise, 82 N/8
Driving Directions: Directions to Burgess Pass

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May 2018