So I decided to take a friend of mine who had never been up to the Canadian Rockies around Banff for Fall colors. And a chance to try out the Fuji GFX50s medium format camera in this beautiful environment.
I put together a simple plan starting with two nights in the Mount Assiniboine area and Magog Lake campground. I arranged for us to fly in from the Mount Shark helipad near Canmore and then set up camp and explore. We got some nice light, met quite a few great people and did a lot of hiking to check out the fall colors in the area.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect on my first visit to the area and was ready to compare to my Lake O’Hara experiences. What I learned:
Lake Magog tent pads have very sharp rocks.
The water available is unfiltered.
It’s about a half an hour walk to the campground from the helipad.
The common cooking area is un-enclosed and unlit.
These are observations in comparison to the Lake O’Hara facilities and things to keep in mind when packing. Beyond the camping, the surrounding beauty is unrelenting, especially in the Fall.
To get to the area, you can either hike 13 miles in or take a 10 minute helicopter ride:
Helicopter Pad Heading to Mount Assiniboine
Our Fjallraven Tent Ready for Anything in the Lake Magog Campground
An abundance of Fall Colors around the Mount Assiniboine area. Larches were turning and many more were ready to turn.
Trail Through the Larches Past Sunburst Peak
Golden Fall Colors Leading to Mount Assiniboine
The main hike in the area is the climb up to the Nub to look back down at Sunburst Lake, Sunburst Peak and Mount Assiniboine beyond.
Mount Assiniboine and Sunburst Peak from the Nub
Mount Assiniboine and Sunburst Peak Beneath Dramatic Skies
One morning down next to Lake Magog revealed a mist-covered lake that later cleared up to show Mount Assiniboine.
Mount Assiniboine in the Mist
Mount Assiniboine in the Mist Golden Light
We spent two amazing nights in the Mount Assiniboine area. We had to leave too soon for the next leg of our trip but hope to be back next year for more amazing landscapes.