From the ridge looking east, you can see the blocky curtains of sharply inclined rock of the Septet Range. Extensive alpine meadows and larch trees soften the impressive landscape, adding foreground to the unequalled 360 degree view. The sprawling slopes of an unnamed glacier by the Quintet Peaks lines the southern view. Sharing that view are the open slopes of Bugaboo Pass and small Silver Basin.
Tucked just below the picturesque Chalice Ridge, is a small alpine pond and an undefined wilderness campsite. The unofficial name for this tarn is Chalice Pond. The tarn is less than 100 m across and is often omitted on topographic maps. You could hike to Chalice as a long day hike, but why not backpack up to the Chalice Pond and explore the area for two or three days. There is enough to keep most hikers fulfilled.
In autumn, at Chalice Pond the reflections of the golden larch needles illuminated by the morning sun shines like slivers of yellow tinsel. The larch contrasts with a navy-blue, high-elevation sky and the whole landscape is painted in glorious colour.
Up from Chalice Pond, a small cairn and plaque built in 1987 mark a memorial to Helen and Hal Bavin. Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) calls this tarn “Bavin Lake.” CMH operates the Bugaboo Lodge and they coordinate all the heli-hikers and helicopter trips in the Bugaboo Valley.
The one disadvantage of the hike to this wonderfully scenic ridge is the frequency of heli-hiking flyovers and the occasional landing of the choppers full of hikers. It is not a place for remote getaways.
After a few scenic days by the Chalice Pond, finding the route back out across the alpine meadows is tricky. If you come to an alpine creek crossing, backtrack to the forested main trail and look for flagging tape or cairns.