Burstall Lakes

  • Return distance to third lake – 6.75 km
  • Elevation gain – 98 metres

I spent my entire morning being lazy while my sister and I both contemplated going for a hike, eventually we did get up the motivation to go. And so it was late afternoon by the time we got out into Kananaskis country and still had no real plan, and were now severely limited in where to go because of the late time of day. We ended up at the trail-head for Burstall pass, all I knew about the hike at the time was that the lake wasn’t very far. It turns out that there was actually three different lakes.

The trail starts out passing along the shore of mud lake and through a nice open meadow before climbing uphill, and entering thick forest. It is a nice wide old logging road, which makes for really easy hiking. But since the trail is surrounded by dense forest the view is for the most part non-existent.

We passed by the first two lakes really quickly (I don’t think we actually noticed the second one was a lake), as the trail was a bit off from the lakeshore, and when we did try to get closer to the first one the shore was wet and muddy and swampy. We did stop for a little while at the third lake, which looked really nice, even though the sky was hazy, and the sun was setting over the mountain tops directly across from us, so there wasn’t much I could do in terms of photography.

We turned back at the third lake, but you could see where the trail led past the lake into a wide open alluvial flat which I’ve just learned is a open area of silt and clay caused by thousands of years of runoff from a glacier, in this case Robertson Glacier which can apparently be seen from the far end of the lake. But we never made it that far.

Although more of a walk than a hike, it was a good trip, and after reading up on the rest of the trail up to Burstall Pass I think I might have to add it to my list of hikes to do (although later in the year once the trails have dried out a little more).

We also had a frighteningly close call with a beautiful Bull Moose with big velvety antlers just a little way before Mud lake on the way back. But I’ll save that for another post…. (http://photoboom.ca/wp/?p=4068)!


Enjoying the view

Wild Strawberry Blossom

Trail Views

Trail Views

Burstall Lake #3

Burstall Lake #3

Burstall Lake #3

She’s really proud of her water bottle!

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Total Distance: 6.75 km (4.2 mi)
Total Time: 1:40:07
Moving Time: 1:19:01
Average Speed: 4.05 km/h (2.5 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 5.13 km/h (3.2 mi/h)
Max Speed: 13.10 km/h (8.1 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 1881 m (6171 ft)
Max Elevation: 1979 m (6491 ft)
Elevation Gain: 422 m (1386 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Sun Jul 08 17:26:16 MDT 2012
Activity type: –

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