Hike Healey Pass in Autumn for Unbelievable Golden Larches

The Canadian Rockies are often overlooked as a destination for vibrant fall colours as the seasons change and autumn approaches. However, the larches which only grow in alpine (1,800 metres+ sea level) change their soft needles from a vibrant green to a stunning golden yellow. The transition from green to yellow happens quickly, and the window to see them for yourself is fleeting. You're lucky if you can view these golden yellow larches for more than two or three weeks a year.


Healey Pass is famous for it's spring wildflowers. Less people know the hike as a destination to see it's countless golden larches though. The hike is approximately twenty kilometres round trip. It's taken me around four-five hours both times I've hiked the trail. That includes lots of photo stops and a short lunch at the top of the pass.

Read Spring Wildflowers in Healey Pass are Impossibly Beautiful

- Written by Ryan Richardson

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