The Phantom Tower, Bonanza Area, Kemp Shield, etc....
Home of Planters Valley, Bonanza Area, Kemp Shield, Orient Point, Spectre Crag, The Phantom Tower, etc...
Also known as Lake Minnewanka Valley.
From the bottom of The Big Hill to Planters Valley:
Turn left into the riverbed and head south hopefully following a "road" of sorts in the soft loose rocks. Pass several large boulder breakwaters until it is possible to finish crossing the riving and come up the other bank. Follow the good road south for about 100m, where it then turns west to a three-way intersection. Go straight and cross some gravel flats and possibly cross shallow creeks in several spots (depending on water levels) and a gravel / dirt "road" that ends at the Banff National Park Boundary sign and pullout.
The "First Branch" from the 3-way just follows the river south somewhere. The "middle branch" ends up at the same planters valley parking by the Banff sign, but has recently been tougher to navigate.
If the road is terrible from the intersection, getting out and walking isn't to bad.
Don't drive into the national park because: 1. You'll hardly get any closer to the climber area, maybe saving 10 minutes of walking and you'll likely get a huge fine if you get busted.
Weather station 9.4 miles from here
6 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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