A little misleading with the word climb, this trip is a multi sport event. Biking the first part is recommended and you will love the downhill when you are done with the summit.
Once you are at the old base of the maintenance gondola, it is time to ditch the bike and start your second phase of the sport, hiking. From here it should take around 2 to 3 hours to summit Pyramid Mountain. about 300–400 meters from the summit, there are some scrambling (light climbing) involved.
The views are stunning from here on. Spend some time on the summit and explore the area and take in the amazing vistas. You will be able to see the lakes below with birds eye view.
It is fun to go as a group, but it does slow down trip times. This trip is usually done after the snow has melted from the north face. Recommend the month of July.
This trek is one for the books, a full day hike to the peak of Hawk Mountain. We were warned on the difficulties and adventure that awaits us. The day was a blue bird with hot weather. Water is definitely a issue as this hike does not have any streams or any water source as a matter of fact. The four of us Reg, Art, Yumi and myself had a departure time of 8am leaving Jasper.
The trailhead starts at Morro Peak, since Art and Reg had trek to route before, Yumi and I relied on their experience. The trail is not as straight forward as it seems, so experience was great asset. No downtime on trek saving extra mileage looking for a route. I believe it took us 5 and a half hours to reach the peak.
After the peak lunch and snacks is where this adventure begins. Just about about an hour of hiking down the loose talus and steep terrain I catch a glimpse of my friend Art sitting and Yumi hovering over him. As i got closer i see that there was blood! Yumi was busy patching Art up. After asking what happened, and checking if Art was okay. He told us how he slipped and fell, wow, Reg and I was shocked, we asked if he wanted a helicopter to take him down, because there was at least 4 hours descent to hike. Strong as an Ox, he said it was all good.
Checking on him while descending kept us all cool and collective. As we got close to the canyon, the water was dry on all us except for Reg who had the fore sight to stash some water along the trail. Sure needed that swig of water. Thanks Reg.
This is actually not too remote to get to but rather not very common to explore this area. Morro peak is just above this canyon, which is the main traffic to this trailhead. The Overlander Trail also comes by this way. Instead of heading toward Morro Peak path, to head towards the Hawk Mountain path and find the canyon here. Some come here for some sport climbing, as for us it was a quick exploring trip and a little scrambling.
The Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) does trips like this one with local trip leaders. Alan is one of the leaders you can contact if you are an ACC member. He told me that he usually does 60 outings a year, so the chances are pretty good if you want to do a trip and are travelling through and have no one to go with, this is an alternative way to explore the area.
After picking up Adam (a member from Ontario) at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. The four of us (Adam, Chantal, Alan, myself) met at the trail head at 8am and started off this hiking and a wee bit of scrambling trail. You might want someone to show you this trail as you might encounter the sucker trail that lead you in the bushes. Even I forgot where the cairn started since it has been a couple of years ago that I hiked this trail. The day was looking good and the trail was is in great shape. It starts out flat until you cross the creek bed and then a steep sheep trail that you should not miss. Getting to treeline seemed quick and then the views starts to reward you for your efforts, exotic rock formations and alpine flowers. Diverse terrain makes this trail one of my favorite hikes in the area. Perch against the rugged slope, away from the howling wind is where we had lunch.
The saddle was close and the terrain gets steeper. Time to put the gaiters on for the scree and snow. Chantal’s blisters of pain from her stiff hiking boots did not stop her from reaching the summit of Roche Miette. The snow was in perfect condition to kick up the sheer slope and saved some time.
Adam was eager to reach the top, as the clouds were rolling in and not knowing what kind of weather awaits us. As for myself, just hoping that I can take some good photos with the clouds breaking intermittently.
The summit at last! Alan points out the nose of Roche Miette where the cairn sits is the false summit. The mustard jar in the cairn had several registers to sign, so I took the opportunity to advertise my web site on it. Yes, I spammed it, with no regrets!
Access: Highway 16, Approximately 15 minutes drive north/east from Jasper
Trailhead: No official trail — starts on the pipeline access gate