Balu Pass Topo Map

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After 1.0 kilometer through the forest, the trail enters an alpine valley, traversing many old avalanche passes as you climb to Balu Pass. Balu means bear, and as you pass through the forest and into the alpine valley filled with old avalanche paths, you will feel the trail has been aptly named. This type of habitat provides the perfect feeding opportunity for bears, which in addition to digging through the chutes for a menu of grasses, glacier lilies, and a favorite, cow parsnip, will dig out marmots and seek ground squirrels for their high fat content. As we walked up this path yelling “Hello, bears; coming through,” we saw four marmots—and thankfully, no signs of bears. This hike, which allows for fantastic views after just a 1-kilometer trek, is well worth the trip. currently offers topo maps from the entire United States. We plan to expand our topomap database in the future, however this map is not available at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

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Mar 2018