Distance 17.8 km return, height gain 1000 m, strenuous
The trail over Guinn's Pass is a spectacular high-level 3.4 km connector between Lower Galatea Lake and Ribbon Lake. For day trippers the pass is a worthwhile alternative to Upper Galatea Lake, with the added possibility of climbing the minor summit on the east side of the pass.
Start: Hwy. 40 Galatea day-use area.
The trail is closed from May 1st to late June each year.
Difficulty: A good well-marked trail to Lillian Lake, followed by a moderate section of trail into the cirque above and across a spectacular rising traverse to the pass. From both sides this is a demanding climb exposed to bad weather. Wait until most of the snow has melted.
Guinn's Pass can also be accessed via #77 South Buller Pass
or via #25A Ribbon Lake
. However, the latter alternative requires you to climb a steep headwall using chains that can be difficult, even dangerous, for backpackers with heavy packs
- Heading down and around the corner toward Galatea Lake
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 1 Trail #31
Trailhead: Galatea 50.86089N, -115.17549W
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Last updated Jul 24, 2018