Healy Pass is a great hike near the Alberta-British Columbia border. The scenery here is incredibly beautiful and is a great hike for seeing golden larches in the fall.
The trailhead starts at the Sunshine Village Ski Area gondola base station, and follows the trail up Healy Creek. You’ll spend a lot of the trail in the forest, winding alongside the creek. However the forest isn’t too dense, there are some clearings and a super spot beside Healy Creek for cooling your feet in on the way back down!
When you’ve finally cleared the denser forest, the trail opens out into more open grassland just beside Healy Creek. There are still a few trees, but from here you can really admire the views, even before you reach the pass.
Head straight up the trail towards Healy Pass, you’re now walking through a mix of alpine meadow and larches.
Upon reaching the Healy Pass we stopped and headed along the ridge to the left to enjoy our lunch. We stopped for quite a while, it was really nice to have some quiet time and just take in the views. You could spend a lot of time here just enjoying the scenery.
On the return to the trailhead, we stopped for a little while to cool our feet down in Healy Creek. There was a perfect spot, which had a lot of flat stones to walk on!
The total return distance for the hike is approximately 18.4 km (11.4 miles) with an elevation gain of 655 metres (2150 feet).
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