North Molar Pass is my new favorite pass in all of Banff National Park! I only just discovered it last year and there never seems to be many people considering how beautiful it is. I think it is just a little bit out of the way. The trailhead is about 100km from Banff at Mosquitoe Creek on the Icefields Parkway.
The next day, we didn't want to drive far so we went and did the Corey Pass Circuit. It is a hard one to run, it is steep and technical but it is a great power hike on the ascent and there are a few runnable portions. The fun part is the descent from Corey Pass to Edith Pass and out. Fun. Fun. Fun!
Both of these runs feature scenery so gorgeous, it's hard to get any momentum! You just have to keep stopping and looking around to enjoy, appreciate and take it all in. It surrounds you from all directions!
Saturday Run - Corey Pass Circuit
Everyone likes a loop and this one is a favorite that is close to home! You can run to the trailhead in about 40 minutes from my house in Banff. I was lazy and didn't want to deal with running through a busy tourist town in summer time, whilst wearing a pink skirt. I thought I would save my energy to chat with all of those people on trail, who always look at me like I am crazy running through the mountains in my pink skirt.
Climbing to Corey Pass - Looking back towards Sundance Pass
Corey Pass - The really amazing scenery is on the other side!
The Really Amazing Scenery on The Other Side
Big Chunk of Rock I - Mount Fifi
Big Chunk of Rock III
I Love Mount Louis!!
Little Girl, Big Rock
The Best Potato Chip Ever
Friday Run - North Molar Pass to Fish Lakes
This whole area is so cool. What I love most about it is how wild it feels. Last year, I ran it by myself and I didn't see any people all day. What I did discover, was one of the most immense alpine meadows I had ever seen, complete with lots of fresh grizzly bear diggings and scat. It felt so big and wild that it was almost eery! I was glad to share this one with a friend and this time, we did see some people and no bears. We went all the way up and over the pass and descended to Fish Lakes. The return trip was even more awesome, with views in every direction!
Bear Country - Mosquitoe Creek
Babe in the Meadows Looking For Grizzly Bears to Arm Wrestle
Nearing the Pass
Snow At the Pass
Fun at the Pass!
See why it is my new favorite???
Descending to Fish Lakes
Hope you all had a great weekend. Now get out there and play!
Up this week for me:
-A quick roadtrip to Nipika Lodge for the Trans Rockies Bike Race
-A return visit to Yoho next weekend. I can't wait!!