The pass is often still snow covered until mid-July and in some years may again be under new snow by mid-September. Very few trees grow at these high elevations because of the short summer season.
An old mining road climbs up to the pass from Bugaboo Creek, giving the ascent a moderate grade with views south to Quintet Peaks, with their unnamed glacier, and to Phacelia Pass. (Silky phacelia is a common purple wildflower on the dry rocky slopes of this region.)
The Quintet Peaks stand over 2740 m (9,000 ft.) and they appear as black pointed cones on the south side of the pass as you hike up. In contrast, the mountains just north of the pass rise in rounded grey summits over 2430 m (8,000 ft.), offering a neutral background for the wildflowers.
Bugaboo Pass is a good hike to add to the other day hikes in the Bugaboo area, as it completes the region’s impressive viewscape.