Explore the most popular hiking trails in Strathcona-Westmin Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
15 days ago

Don't get discouraged by the first two miles of the old road, it only gets better after that. also, don't follow this track, go all the way to Tennant lake and then follow the markers to the summit. It is well worth it hike, with spectacular views from the summit.

First of all, the majority of this track is wrong, or will at least take you on a direct route up the mountain that involves hours of bushwhacking and difficult scrambling only experienced people should attempt. The easier and more scenic route takes you over the second bridge and to the end of the old road where you meet up with Tennant Lake. From here you wind along the southeast coast over the bluffs, carefully following cairns, to the bottom of a cliff and a stand of trees where you start the second portion of the climb to Mt. Myra. After a while you come to the second lake, Sandbag Lake, which is an excellent place to camp if you don’t want to tackle the whole climb in a day. From this lake, the path winds East towards the summit ridge. Again following cairns you should be able to easily make it over and around the back of the first two false summits. To reach the true summit takes some easy to moderate scrambling directly up the Southwest face. If you continue too far along the back side as this gps track will suggest, you’ll be forced to tackle a very exposed gully which made me uncomfortable more than a few times. I would also not recommend descending from the tracked gully as a fall would most certainly be life threatening or fatal. Putting that all aside, this hike is one of the best I’ve ever done, with 360 degree views of a majority of the major peaks in Strathcona park as well as many alpine lakes and tarns to camp at. I would recommend taking your time on this one as the full trek is closer to 20km and paired with the hefty elevation gain would be a very long day hike.

The hike is quite boring as it’s all switch backs, but... the lake is epic and the hike is a steady elevation making it pretty doable :)

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Great trip in early September. There was a lot of snow still on the mountain. We Hiked up to the plaque with out 5 year old then setup a base camp to explore to nearby peaks and the Wheaton hut.

on Upper Myra Falls

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2011