Piper Pass Trail

Difficulty
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Very Hard
Duration
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6.5-9h
Distance
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20.4 km
Elevation
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994 m
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Piper Pass Trail

Piper Pass is a challenging full-day hike reserved for those with some route-finding skills and a fair amount of endurance. If you are up for the challenge, this is an incredible way to spend a day in the mountains, and your group will be glad you chose this stunning pass with unforgettable views.

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Route Description for Piper Pass Trail

Begin your hike at the Elbow Lake trailhead and day-use area. Many beginner backpackers and families gear up here for an overnight to Elbow Lake backcountry, which you will pass by after 1.2 km. Take in the beauty of Elbow Lake before continuing on, as you have a long way to go to reach the pass. Continue on the easy trail and enjoy it now while there is no elevation gain. Come to a junction at kilometre 5 from the trailhead and take the cairned route to the left towards Tombstone mountain and Piper Pass. Ford a creek quickly here, and continue up the valley. 1.0 km from the junction, you will find a junction with a side trail to the right that leads to the Tombstone Mountain scramble trail. Pass Tombstone Mountain and keep making your way up the valley as the elevation begins to rise. The trail steepens up to Piper Pass, but the rewards are incredible from the top!

Getting to the Piper Pass Trail Trailhead

Take Highway 40 southbound for 60.0 km and turn left into the Elbow Lake trailhead parking area.

Route Information

  • When to do

    June-September

  • Backcountry Campsites

    Elbow Lake

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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