This hike features fabulous views of area mountains, including Devil’s Tooth, Mount Sinclair, and Mount Kindersley. You may not develop buns of steel on the climb to Kindersley –Sinclair Pass (2,395 m), but this hike is no easy walk in the woods. While the initial part of the trail is heavily wooded, primarily by Douglas fir, it’s also a flower-lover’s paradise, especially after 2.2 kilometers where an avalanche chute opens up the trail.
Even if you’re not interested in flowers, you can’t help but enjoy the kaleidoscope of brightly colored fleabane, wild roses, Indian paintbrush, yellow columbine, cow parsnip, fireweed, and blue clematis. If you’re really lucky or unlucky, depending on how you look at it, you may also spot an occasional grizzly bear scrounging for food along nearby avalanche chutes. Apparently there’s a female grizzly with cubs who lives near this trail, but she’s avoided encounters with hikers.
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