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Hammer Lake, Ape Lake

Description: 

This trail route leads into the heart of the Coast Mountain wilderness through dense high elevation forest to more open sub-alpine parkland and then onto lushly flowered alpine meadows that lead to imposing jagged peaks. The trail starts off through a subalpine forest of Engelmann Spruce, Mountain Hemlock and Subalpine Fir where huckleberries are plentiful in season. The trail can be quite wet at certain times of the year or during/after prolonged wet weather. There is a large section of boardwalk closer to the lakes where the trail opens up into subalpine meadows. The views of the surrounding mountains are impressive. Pearl Peak with its glacier plastered on the side can be seen beyond the meadows and lakes.

An alpine viewpoint is the final destination with amazing views of Iroquos Ridge and its glacier ice fall over the Noeick River. South-east is the route to Ape Lake and the peaks of the Monarch Icefield\, including the looming pyramid of Mt. Jacobsen. Beyond the viewpoint the route to Ape Lake requires a map and compass and should only be attempted by experienced\, well prepared hikers. There is no flagged trail yet.

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Trail Status: 
REC 5898
Length, difficulty: 
2.9 km from Odegaard Falls trail\, 4 km to Hammer Lake\, 2 km to Iroquos Ridge lookout/ Moderate/ Foot
Maintenance requirements: 
High/ Obstacles Drainage Footbridges Boardwalk Signage Trail markers Parking Hazard remove Campsite
Importance: 
High - 11

Comments

Devon Girard's picture

I went as far as the alpine, and the lookout over the Noeick river... amazing!!

I did too, it was great

...how great?
Devon Girard's picture

Grizzlies-dancing-on-glaciers-while-eagles-circle-and-salmon-jump-great!