Well it’s official, summer is officially over and glorious fall is here! One of my favourite things about fall is the yellow, red and orange hues. Walking through a valley of larches feels like your walking through a landscape painted in gold. That’s why when my photographer friend Brett asked for an appropriate backdrop for a Beauty In The Backcountry Photoshoot, I jumped at the chance to take advantage of the larch’s short golden timeframe.
With bluebird skies and the warm sun brushing over us, we set out for Healy Pass from the base of Sunshine Village ski area. A gradual ~9km climb to the pass, you spend most of your time meandering through a shaded forest. After about 2.5 hours of hiking you pop out of the woods to expansive views down the valley, all blanketed in yellow larches. You can even see the tip of Mt. Assiniboine trying to peak through in the distance. Give yourself 3 hours to get to the top of the pass, this allows for plenty of water breaks and time to take in the view while you ascend.
Once at the pass we quickly changed into our formal wear for the photoshoot; I’m sure we were the days entertainment for many confused hikers. Check out some of Brett’s amazing shots from the day! A huge thank you to Brett who had the creative vision and execution for the day.
I highly recommend Healy Pass any time of the year (great backcountry skiing in the winter too!), but especially this time of year when the larches have turned. But hurry, you only have a few weeks! You can also make it into a backpacking trip with campgrounds in the 5-13km range along the trail.