This 3 to 4 hour out and back trail goes up into the valley that lies below Mount Habrich and terminates at treeline near the base of Sky Pilot mountain. This is a relatively gentle walk along the valley, with great views of Sky Pilot and across the valley to Goat Ridge. Along the way is a right hand spur going straight up to Habrich Ridge and provides rock climbers access to the climbing routes on Mountain Habrich. This climber’s access trail is a very steep, technical trail that requires mountaineering and climbing skills. Beyond the end of the Skypilot Valley Trail is the climber’s route to the summit of Skypilot. This is a steep, technical climbing route that requires mountaineering skills, ice axes and knowledge of moving through high alpine, glaciated terrain.
Head out along the Backcountry Access road and follow the marking for Skypilot Valley Trail at the end of the road.
Level of difficulty: Intermediate/Backcountry
Distance: 5km one way/10 km return
Estimated time: 3-4 hours return
Elevation Gain: 380 m
Experienced climbers only: Experienced climbers with the appropriate equipment and footwear may continue past the End of Marked Trail signs, up to Sky Pilot proper, which is a very rough trail. Experienced climbers can also take the very (very!) steep rough trail to Mount Habrich, approx 3.8 km along, (which is, again, only recommended for experienced climbers!).