Snowshoe to Rummel Lake and Pass

Rate this Adventure Canada Rummel Pass Trailhead

Added by James Hueser

Rummel Pass is wedged between Galatea and the Tower and is an excellent vantage point into Spray Valley. The snowshoe trail is well traveled and well defined.

The trailhead to Rummel Lake/Pass is off of Kananaskis Trail (Smith Dorrien Trail) directly across from the turn to Mt. Shark at the south end of Spray Lakes - it will likely be marked by cars attempting the same trail. The trail is well packed and snowshoes aren't even necessary until after Rummel Lake.

The main trail meanders through the montane forest by a series of switchbacks as well as steady elevation gain. It's a real treat for anybody who enjoys not knowing what's around the corner because you rarely see farther than 50 feet in front of you! The trail is straightforward on the way up; however, on the way down adventure lies in forks and shortcuts that a keen eye will notice - but be warned, they are usually significantly steeper and shouldn't really be attempted without proper footwear and hiking poles.

Rummel Lake is the perfect place to have a snack or stop for a meal and admire your surroundings. It's nestled beneath Mount Galatea that stands at 3185 m: a perfect place to take in the grandeur of the Rockies.

Continuing past Rummel Lake is not for beginners. Deep powder, steep gradients, and potential for avalanches await those who venture on. It's best to move into the forest to loosely follow the drainage channel of Rummel Creek into the pass. Once out of the trees, you can't miss the pass. If avalanche conditions permit, continue into the pass until your heart's content to view the peaks that lie beyond.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Snowshoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Winter layers
  • Water and snacks
  • Camera
  • Bear Spray
  • Avalanche report
Read More



Photography, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:



Spring, Autumn, Winter

Trail Type:



7.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2000 Feet


Dog Friendly
Family Friendly

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by James Hueser

On weekdays I'm a hydrogeologist for a contaminated sites group which involves a ton of fieldwork throughout the spring, summer, and fall, but leaves most of my weekends to get out to (and hopefully on top of) the Rockies. I'm originally from Saskatchewan, so I've become rather obsessed with bagging peaks ever since I moved to Calgary in 2014.

More Adventures Nearby

Hike the Wild Pacific Trail

Canada / Wild Pacific Trail

Drive south west on Coast Guard drive to the parking lot for the wild coast trail to your left (where the pin is). Park in the parking lot, and head to the trailhead where the big sign board is.

John Entwistle
7 Saves

Photograph Sunset Point in Tofino

Canada / Sunset Point - Tofino

You can park at the public beach parking at Cox Bay Beach Resort and make your way out on to the beach. Once you are on the beach, head north until you get to the "Sunset Point" trail sign.

John Entwistle
3 Saves

Camp at Stormhaven Beach

Canada / Stormhaven Trailhead, Bruce Peninsula National Park

You need to plan ahead to make the most of this trip. Permits for backcountry camping in Canadian National Parks open up in mid-January and competition for popular places (such as this) can be fierce.

Rob Nelson
1 Saves