Molar Pass Loop

HARD 2 reviews
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Molar Pass Loop is a 50.7 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Improvement District No. 9, Alberta, Canada that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
50.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,950 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

views

rocky

snow

hiking
2 months ago

Completed this trail this weekend. Garmin measured it at just over 62km. trail head to south pass is well travelled but there is a split after the pass that doesn't follow this map. I took the trail to the right and it cuts off into the forest where the trail disappears. About 6-8 km have either been washed out or cut off by dead fall and over grown towards Molar Campground.Ran into 2 grizzlies just past the South pass in the woods. Only way to reach the campsite is across the river which was about knee high this weekend, but if you walk a bit down its lower. Towards Fish lakes the first 2-3 km are washed out or in marsh type areas so bring your gaiters

backpacking
2 months ago

First things first - did it solo in 3 days, clockwise, with a total distance closer to 54km. Stayed at Fish Lakes night one, Molar Creek night 2.

Day 1 and 3 were utterly beautiful - I’d have to say that the hike to Fish Lakes is one of my favourite single day outings in the parks. The setting of the campsite at the lake itself is gorgeous. Day 2 is dull, and has some pretty tedious portions. The Pipestone river valley, while pretty, has some sections (~4km) that are so overgrown with brush that you just have to bobsled down the deep tracks in the trail. Once to turn west into the Molar Creek valley, prepare to lose the trail in the creek bed. There’s a lot of water and streams crisscrossing the valley floor, and the entire area is swampy and wet until you reach the Molar Creek campsite. The campsite itself is tucked away on the west side of the creek, requiring you to cross. Line up the pink flagging tape and you’ll be able to spot the campsite sign amongst the trees. Day 3 has some areas where the trail is submerged, but it’s pretty easily navigable. Once you start your climb, the trip over the pass is gorgeous all the way back to your car.

All in all, pretty solid loop. Lots of solitude along the Pipestone/Molar Creek area, and the trail loses a star for some really boggy and swampy areas that are hard to navigate. Otherwise a beautiful area in the parks with some incredible alpine lakes, meadows, and valleys.