Lookout Col, Rogers Pass

~ By JonnyPublished February 9, 2016


The lookout is an awesome mellow day trip with nice views and even nicer skiing on mellow terrain in the Illecillewaet glacier region of Rogers Pass. The trip starts at Wheeler, and you take the left branch up towards illecillewaet glacier. As you gain elevation, the lookout col comes into view, and is the obvious ascent up the moraines to the left/southwest.

Ascending to Lookout Col overlooking Perly Rock and the Illecillewaet Glacier
Ascending to Lookout Col overlooking Perly Rock and the Illecillewaet Glacier
Perfect Terrain towards Lookout Col
Perfect Terrain for making turns

Jolene and I enjoyed a perfect day with bluebird skies, and excellent temperatures as we ascended the col. We did discuss dropping into Ravens’ trees on the Asulkan side of the Lookout Col, but rapid warming throughout the day made that seem like a bad idea with an increased risk of afternoon wet slides in the warm sunshine.

Incredible looking lines off of Glacier Crest in Rogers Pass near the Lookout Col
A line for another day off of Glacier Crest
Ascending to Lookout Col overlooking Perly Rock and the Illecillewaet Glacier
Jolene climbing the moraines above the Illecillewaet Glacier

Instead, we opted to retrace our path down to Wheeler on perfectly formed moraines and some of the best now of the year. All around, an awesome day out in the Pass, and a highly recommended trip for anyone looking for a good easy and non-committing outing in Rogers Pass.

Mt. Sir Donald dominates the skyline to the East
Jupiter Peak and the Asulkan Hut in the distance
Jupiter Peak and the Asulkan Hut in the distance
Southwest towards Raven Trees. Not today though.
Back in the creek below the Illecillewaet glacier

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