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Burgess Shale and Walcott Quarry is a 13.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until October.

Length 13.7 mi Elevation gain 4,078 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Views Wildlife Rocky Snow Historic site No dogs
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Note: The road leading to this trailhead closes seasonally. For more information, please see https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/yoho

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James Wade
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Sunny. August, 2009.

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Mark Royle
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Challenging but rewarding hike. Ardele our Parks Canada guide was fantastic. Showery day when we went up but skies cleared at times for beautiful views of Emerald Lake and The Presidents. First part and last 900m are pretty steep. Weather can be very changeable. Just to remind you that this is a paid hike as you need a guide and permit from Parks Canada or the Burgess Shale geological society? to get up to the quarry as it is a UNESCO world heritage site. So not try to go on your own, there are cameras.

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Michael Schwab
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The first and last portions of this hike are a bit strenuous given the elevation changes. On the first part of the trail, the ground can be a mix of mud and clay making the footing very slippery. The views of Hidden Lake, Emerald Lake, and the glaciers were amazing. The fossil bed was great. Lida, our guide, was a wealth of knowledge on the time period, local geology, and fossilization process. A great hike and interpretive experience for fossil lovers.

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Bertrand Castonguay
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Très belle randonnée, notre guide était très sympathique et connaissante et le groupe comprenait quelques experts en fossiles (paléontologue, biologiste, ...). Très éducatif pour nous. Le 22km se fait bien car le dénivelé est très progressif (sauf le début pour environ 1.5km). Un must en effet !

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Maryna P
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Beautiful guided hike by Parks Canada! Definitely a must!

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Thomas Hickson
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did this hike on July 11th with the Burgess Shale Foundation. Our guide, Lida, was amazing and she really brought her expertise to bear on the geology and natural history of the hike. I am a trained professional geologist and can attest to her excellent knowledge of the Burgess shale. I was a little nervous about a 14-mile hike with so much elevation gain because I'm 56 years old and not in the greatest shape. However, most of the elevation gain was right up front and then it was a really long gradual Traverse to the last Ascent. It was just beautiful and Lida kept a very good pace for our group. The views along the second part of the hike into Emerald Lake Basin and up the surrounding cirques and active glaciers were stunning. it was fun to look for fossils in the Quarry and at another site, and I was really pleasantly surprised that there were examples of some of the less common fossils at the Quarry that we could view. I highly recommend this hike if yours a curious sort and also don't mind a strenuous beautiful hike. Don't go if you don't care about the geology.

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David Gillespie
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Hard at the first couple Kms and final km at the top. In between is easy trail around Yoho Lake and under the shear cliff. Spectacular views of Emerald Lake and Presidents Glacier.

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Laurie Pastor
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A must hike if you are into fossils and also beautiful scenery. This hike starts around the Takakkaw Falls and pretty much follows the Iceline Trail until little Yoho Lake. From there you have another couple of hours until you reach the Walcott Quarry. This is a guided hike only as the area is restricted and monitored being a UNESCO world heritage site for one of the best hard & soft body parts fossil preservation of Cambrian marine animals from 540 million years ago. Our guide was a geo-physicist from the Burgess Shale Geo-Foundation ( they organise the hikes) and her wealth of knowledge was unbelieveable. It is a long hike (22km) and a long day. We had snow, sun,showers, wind etc so be prepared and extra layers of clothing + good hiking shoes are recommended.

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Freeman Smith
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very cool hike for geologists! its a long one not easy

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Takafumi Morikawa
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Jason Hill
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Michelle Bourne
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Shibajyoti Das
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Teresa McGeeney
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Keith Anderson
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Anne Elise Bradford
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Jamey Fitzgibbon
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Verna Hansen-Kujat
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Mike Legault
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Sanjay Biswas
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Clara Thaysen
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Samantha Simmonds
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Nick Wiggins
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Gwion Ap Dafydd
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