Roche Miette

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Down climb the chute

Access: High­way 16, Approx­i­mate­ly 15 min­utes dri­ve north/east from Jasper

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: No offi­cial trail — starts on the pipeline access gate

Dis­tance: 4 to 5 hrs

Activ­i­ties: Hik­ing / Scram­bling


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