Sentinel Pass

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Sentinel Pass
Commonly rated as a moderate to difficult hike, the 5.8km trail to Larch Valley that continues up to Sentinel Pass is a rewarding, full-day hike. Leaving from Moraine Lake at an altitude of 1887m, a series of well-maintained switchbacks climb through a forest of Englemann spruce and alpine fir, before opening up into Larch Valley where hikers are rewarded with views of the entire Valley of the Ten Peaks. From here, the trail continues up through an alpine meadow, ultimately reaching the rocky heights of Sentinel Pass at 2611m, the low point between Temple Mountain and Pinnacle Mountain. As the highest maintained Parks Canada trail in the park, bragging rights and view into Paradise Valley await those who reach the pass. One caveat: the last 1.3 km of the climb to the pass does ascent through a talus slope and boulders, cross exposed areas, only those comfortable with heights should do the pass.
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