2 m away
The popular hike to Helen Lake can be extended with this straightforward scramble to the peak overhead.
- 16 km
- 1.1 km
- 1.1 km
Popular hike to a photogenic lake, plus an extension to get higher and farther into the backcountry.
From Helen Lake, you’ll soon climb the steep and rocky headwall to a ridge of Cirque Peak. From there, you’ll have an elevated view over the lake you just passed, and you’ll see a larger lake and expansive meadows on the other side. The trail then continues through these rocky meadows and past Katherine Lake. This is where you’ll find relative solitude surrounded by wildflowers, trickling water, and huge peaks. Cirque Peak and Dolomite Peak stand impressively on either side, both with well-defined and colourful rock layers plus streaks of snow.
Dolomite Pass itself is broad and not much more dramatic than the rest of the trail that leads there. The real highlight is climbing the ridge from Helen Lake and continuing any distance through the meadows beyond. The trail over the pass soon connects with even more remote trails. Simply go as far as you like before returning the way you came.
Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.