Durrand Glacier – difficult hiking

La Forme – Woolsey Pass Trail

La Forme – Woolsey Pass Trail

  • Level of hiking: Difficult
  • Time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 1910 m, Durrand Bowl
  • Top elevation: 2430 m, Marty's Ridge
  • Total elevation gain: 980 m
  • Total distance: 14.5 km


From the Durrand Glacier Chalet walk in the direction south, past the private hut.There take the trail leading west, and follow the trail diagonally down a long side-slope which is at first forested. Follow this trail to the Durrand Creek Bridge. Cross the bridge and follow the main trail leading to your right (west). After a few hundred meters you come to a second branch-off, again continue on the main trail leading to your right (west). This will bring you to Honeymoon Lake.

At the south end of the lake take the trail leading towards south (left), winding its way up to the upper Utopia Ridge. Once you are on the ridge (at the top of the shale switch backs) branch off to the left and after a few more meters of up-hill branch off to the right and walk down-hill (west/southwest) into the Boogie Basin along the west slopes of Moonhill.

Cross the lower part of Boogie Basin, following the markers. Link into the marked and cut trail leading up to the Camelot Ridge. Walk up-hill to the first obvious branch-off, there follow the trail leading towards west (right). Follow this trail around the lower Camelot Ridge into the La Form Bowl. This trail leads past the impressive La Forme Spire and the charming Spire Lake, eventually you will reach the start of the exposed Marty's Ridge. Follow this narrow ridge-crest towards east (several fixed ropes). Shortly before Elm Peak the trail leads into the upper Woolsey Bowl, where you will find a branch-off directly below the Elm Col. If you are planning to climb Elm Peak follow the trail up to the Elm Col and further to the summit, 1.5 hours return back to this branch-off.

From this branch-off keep walking down-hill (right) and follow the trail along the south slopes of Woolsey Peak to Woolsey Pass. Further follow the marked trail down the Durrand Bowl back to the Durrand Glacier Chalet.

Grizzly Bear habitat, do not hike by your self, only in a group!!!

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