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Moderate To Difficult


4 to 6 hours / 19K return

Elevation Gain



Trailhead: Park at the Burstall Pass parking lot located on the Smith Dorrien Spray Lakes road. 36kms south of Canmore. Note: Gravel road access only. Kananaskis Country.


Description: Locate the trail head on the west side of the Burstall Pass parking lot. Continue on an old fire road past Mud Lake. At approximately 4.5kms you’ll reach a wooden beam foot bridge crossing a few stream braids towards the open gravel flats that lead towards Burstall Pass. Turn south left at the log bridge and locate the trail that works it’s way south towards the Robertson Glacier.

The trail is often washed out in spots by braided streams flowing from the Robertson Glacier. In a short distance you’ll be out of the trees and onto what feels like an endless amount of glacial moraines. The toe of the glacier is approximately 5kms from the wooden foot bridge. Views of Mount Robertson and Mount French are stunning.

The steep moraines on both sides of the narrow valley seem alive with constant erosion. Beware of falling rocks and stay away from the valley walls. The Robertson Glacier is a popular cross country winter ski destination and is often used by die hard down hill skiers during the summer. The glacier itself is relatively safe with only a few crevasses however glacier travel experience is necessary. You are in bear country

Peter Lougheed Prov Park Map PDF

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Mark Townsend

Great hike through a narrow valley with a glacier at it’s end.

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