The Cline River Valley and trail provides access to Bighorn
Backcountry and Whitegoat Wilderness with their many valleys
and streams, alpine meadows and picturesque lakes in the upper
reaches. The region is capped by Mt Cline and the Wilson Icefield
/ Mt Wilson on the Banff Park boundary.
The Pinto Lake trail, a two to three day trip which leads from
the estuary of the Cline River to Pinto Lake and over Sunset
Pass to the Icefield Parkway used to be one of the most popular
long distance trails in the region with a number of rewarding
side trips to Landslide Lake, Lake of the Falls, etc. All of
these are multi-day treks for the adventurous which until recently
kept the valley pristine and rich in wildlife.
Unfortunately, with the introduction of helicopter flightseeing,
helifishing, helihiking and other disturbing activities, noise
pollution has caught up with the peacefulness of thisvalley
and the serenity of camping out alone atone of the magnificent
alpine lakes. What used to be a long, peaceful hike will now
often be interrupted by overflights or landings beside the shores
of a sensitive alpine lake some people call this progress
winter, the Cline River valley still offers many activities
including some wonderful ice-climbing
and snowshoeing opportunities.