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Emerald Triangle: Emerald Lake Lodge/Yoho Pass/Burgess Pass

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Views of Emerald Lake and a close pass by the UNESCO recognized Burgess Shale quarries.


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Map Key

12.2

Miles

19.7

KM

77%

Runnable

7,239' 2,207 m

High

4,270' 1,301 m

Low

3,421' 1,043 m

Up

3,428' 1,045 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

80%

Max Grade (39°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Geological Significance · Historical Significance · Lake · Views · Waterfall

Entering the fossil quarries of the Burgess Shale is forbidden without a Parks Canada guide.

Overview

A more challenging day run than the Emerald Lake Trail for those wanting higher elevation views and to traverse the bottom portion of the Burgess Shale (entrance prohibited). The route begins on the Yoho Pass Trail then connects to the Burgess Pass Trail where it passes the Burgess Shale (entrance prohibited) before finally descending steeply back to the Emerald Lake parking and lodge.

Need to Know

Do not enter the Burgess Shale quarries above the trail without authorization or a Parks Canada guide. It is a criminal offense.

Runner Notes

Very rocky. Watch footing as the trail passes through shale areas.

Description

Park at the Emerald Lake parking (park pass required). One can proceed clockwise or counter-clockwise but clockwise is probably better as the trail rises gradually to Yoho Pass. After crossing the alluvial fan at the end of Emerald Lake, climb to Yoho Pass and then proceed on the signed route towards Burgess Pass.

You'll encounter signs indicating that entering the Burgess Shale quarries is forbidden at all times unless accompanied by a Parks Canada guide. The trail passes below the quarries but climbing above the trail is completely closed and off limits. At Burgess Pass, follow the signed route back to Emerald Lake. The other trail descends to the town of Field, very far from where you left your car at Emerald Lake!

Flora & Fauna

Watch for bears, as always.

History & Background

The Burgess Shale quarries are off limits to unguided hikers but running on trails that pass below the fossil quarries is permitted.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kevin D.

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Emerald Lake with Mount Field in the background.
Oct 24, 2018 near Golden, BC
Snowshoeing towards Emerald Basin, looking south, November 2015
Dec 10, 2019 near Golden, BC
Emerald Lake and Emerald Lake Lodge in late November 2015
Dec 10, 2019 near Golden, BC
Views from Burgess Pass can be very good, even on a cloudy rain day.
Aug 10, 2020 near Golden, BC
The early morning reflections in Emerald Lake are worth the earlier alarm.
Feb 4, 2017 near Golden, BC
The trail between Yoho Pass and Burgess pass crosses under cliffs and through shale beds. The famous Burgess Shale fossil quarries are near here but entrance is stricly forbidden.
Aug 10, 2020 near Golden, BC

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