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Glacier National Park

Designated Access Routes

Tupper Winter Restricted Area 


Ross Peak Winter Restricted Area 


Smart and Fortitude Winter Restricted Areas 


Flat Creek Winter Unrestricted Area


Winter Permit System information

 

Access to the Tupper, Ross Peak, Smart and Fortitude Winter Restricted Areas and Flat Creek Winter Unrestricted Area have been re-established via routes that avoid crossing CP property - a solution found after working with interested backcountry users.

A valid Winter Permit is required to enter a Winter Restricted Area.

Designated Access Route to the Tupper Winter Restricted Area

Parking at the Stone Arch Gun Position is only permitted when the permit area is posted open for that date, and only to holders of a valid Winter Permit.

Note that this route passes through avalanche terrain. Permit holders must use safe travel precautions appropriate to the current avalanche danger.

  • Route length ~2.74 km.
  • Numbers refer to images.

Access Route

To access the Tupper Restricted Area (i.e. Connaught Slide Path), permit holders must park at the Stone Arch Winter Parking Area. From the parking area, follow the marked trail (1) leading southwest (towards Rogers Pass), between the Trans Canada Highway and the CPR tracks. After travelling ~600 metres through the forest the trail comes to an opening that heads down and crosses over where the tracks enter the Connaught Tunnel (2). Once over the tunnel, continue west (uphill) ~ 100m along the access road (3). Immediately beyond Cascade Creek, an orange marker indicates where the route heads upslope for 100 metres to an abandoned railgrade. Once on the rail grade, turn right and head NE along the rail grade. Beyond this point, permit users may choose their own route to access the Winter Restricted Area, keeping at least sixteen metres from the CP rail property (6-8).

Exit Route

At approximately 1160m (8), permit holders finishing the Tupper traverse will reach the abandoned rail grade. At this point, turn right and head southwest along the rail grade (7). Continue along the rail grade for approximately 1 km, travelling through a series of avalanche paths. After crossing over the historic CPR Stone Arch bridge (6) the route begins to head downhill, continuing along a well cleared grade (5) until reaching a large orange marker on a tree on the left hand side of the trail (4). At this point, turn left and head downhill for ~100 metres through a clearing until reaching the CPR access road. Turn left on the access road (3) and travel along it for ~100 metres, watching for a bright orange marker on the right (2). At the marker, and before the portal of the Connaught Tunnel, head right and up into the trees and follow the orange markers through the forest keeping at least sixteen metres from the CP rail property. Follow the trail through the forest (1) that leads northeast between the Trans Canada Highway and the CPR tracks until reaching the Stone Arch winter parking area (~600 metres).

Designated Access Route to the Tupper Winter Restricted Area
Designated Access Route to the Tupper Winter Restricted Area
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Images shown as per Exit Route description.

Exit route for Tupper Winter Restricted Area Exit route for Tupper Winter Restricted Area
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8) At ~1160m travel SW on the abandoned railgrade.

Exit route for Tupper Winter Restricted Area Exit route for Tupper Winter Restricted Area
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7) Travel along railgrade.

Exit route for Tupper Winter Restricted Area Exit route for Tupper Winter Restricted Area
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6) Cross the Stone Arch.

Exit route for Tupper Winter Restricted Area Exit route for Tupper Winter Restricted Area
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5) Head downhill along the old grade.

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4) Leave the old grade and head downhill.

Exit route for Tupper Winter Restricted Area Exit route for Tupper Winter Restricted Area
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3) Turn left and travel on the CPR access road.

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2) Turn right travelling over the tunnel entrance.

Exit route for Tupper Winter Restricted Area Exit route for Tupper Winter Restricted Area
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1) Follow the marked route to the Stone Arch Parking Area.


Designated Access Route to the Ross Peak Winter Restricted Area

Designated parking is available at the winter parking area for Loop Brook, located 6.7 kilometres west of the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre and is only permitted when the permit area is posted open for that date, and only to holders of a valid Winter Permit

Note that this route passes through avalanche terrain. Permit holders must use safe travel precautions appropriate to the current avalanche danger.

Access: From the Loop Brook parking area, cross Loop Brook and travel west, paralleling the south side of the Trans Canada Highway (TCH). After ~350m, before the 2nd bridge, and when across from the Loop Creek Gun Position (GP10), begin contouring around the shoulder of Ross Peak. A good visual reference is the gun aiming post (GAP) in the trees on the Ross Peak side of the TCH. Continue contouring, keeping at least 16m away from the train tracks, until the tracks cross the Illecillewaet River, at which point permit users may choose their own route.

Exit: Keeping to the south side of the Illecillewaet, travel east until approaching the train tracks. At this point, users must contour the shoulder of Ross peak, keeping at least 16m away from the train tracks. Once the tracks cross under the TCH (a good visual is the GAP), permit users may descend and safely parallel the TCH to return to the Loop Brook parking area.

Designated Access Route to the Ross Peak Winter Restricted Area
Designated Access Route to the Ross Peak Winter Restricted Area
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Designated Access Route to Flat Creek Unrestricted Winter Permit Area, Fortitude and Smart Winter Restricted Areas

Designated parking is available at the Bostock Parking Winter Restricted Area, with a valid Annual or Daily Winter Permit, when it is posted as open.

  • The CP bridge and tracks are Canadian Pacific property, do not trespass.
  • Note that no bridge is available for foot travel across the Illecillewaet River. At times a safe crossing may not be available. Please use caution and choose a safe route.

From the Bostock Parking Winter Restricted Area, carefully cross to the southeast side of the Trans Canada Highway (TCH). Travel southwest parallel to the highway (towards Revelstoke) for 25m until you see a tree with an orange marker. From that point, ski down the bank diagonally, aiming towards Fortitude ridge and the CP access road. Follow the orange markers to the CP access road (about 150m). Cross the unplowed access road and travel in a southwesterly direction, into a flat opening, just left of a large, marked hemlock tree. From there, parallel the TCH and follow the markers for about 250m towards the end of the open meadow. Before the end of the open meadow, trend south (left), following the markers towards the thicker forest. There is a marked trail through the trees that has been cleared. Stay on this, until you get to the train bridge at the Bostock Creek and Illecillewaet River confluence.

Cross under the tracks by walking or skiing under the CP train bridge. Do not trespass on the bridge. If available find a safe snow or ice bridge to cross the Illecillewaet River. At times a safe crossing may not be available. Please use caution and choose a safe route.

Designated Access Route to Flat Creek Unrestricted Winter Permit Area, Fortitude and Smart Winter Restricted Areas
Designated Access Route to Flat Creek Unrestricted Winter Permit Area, Fortitude and Smart Winter Restricted Areas
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Winter Permit System information