The Bugaboos

Climb in one of the world's great alpine rock climbing areas! The Bugaboos are a British Columbia Provincial Park in Canada's Purcell Mountains. This is also a great area for a backpacking trip if you looking for a challenging trip with spectacular alpine scenery.


A trip to Kain Hut is quite a challenging backpack. Expect rugged, steep, narrow trail sections with spectacular scenery along most of trail.  There are cables and steel ladder aid travel over steep, rocky near vertical sections.

Climbing Routes

The most popular climbing routes are on the spires in the Bugaboo Group:

  • Bugaboo Spire
  • Crescent Spire
  • Pigeon Spire
  • Snowpatch Spire
  • Howser Towers

The spires in the Conrad and Vowell Groups have equally good climbing but require more technical glacier approaches and often involve convoluted descents.


  • Guidebook: The Bugaboos by Chris Atkinson and Marc Piché (Elaho 2003).

information for leaders

Considerations for international travel

  • Start by reviewing the latest regulations.
  • Everyone will need a passport or other valid ID such as a NEXUS card.
  • NEXUS cards can save a lot of time but only work if everyone in the car has one.
  • Make sure your vehicle insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Make sure your health insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Border crossing regulations are strict in both directions. Know what you’re allowed to take and declare everything to avoid problems.
  • You may be able to save time by checking alternate border crossings. Find apps that show updated times and other good tips.
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Intermediate Alpine
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September
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  • Difficulty: Intermediate Rock Climb, Strenuous
  • Length: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,000 ft
  • 11,000 ft
  • Land Manager: Bugaboo Provincial Park
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Summit Series Bugaboos
  • CNTS Bugaboo Creek 82K/15
  • CNTS Howser Creek 82K/10

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