All is still in the high mountains, except the water laden with glacial silt that grinds away the high Purcell Mountains. Waterfalls tumble and hiss off the ancient ice.
Silent Pass is a land of fabulous beauty and scenic diversity, and its appealing and diverse landscape invites explorations for a day or two. Rugged high peaks etched by receding glaciers line both sides of the valley. Wildflower meadows bloom for only about six weeks during the short, high-elevation summers. Myriad colours and shapes blanket the hillsides, and small creeks flow across the moss-covered alpine areas.
Spillimacheen Glacier looks down onto Silent Pass and the cascading runoff pours down into both East Kootenay and West Kootenay rivers. A short ridgewalk up from Silent Pass brings you down to the edge of the ice.
Silent Pass is a low-forested pass, and just north of the pass is the little gem called Silent Lake. This tiny, 500-metre-wide lake shimmers with reflections of the glacier, its shore rimmed in low, sloping meadows.
Silent Mountain, at 2621 m (8,600 ft.), stands 2.5 km northwest of Silent Pass. The boundary of Glacier National Park is only 4 km to the west. You can hike west 2.7 km up and down slopes and across flowered meadows and peer at peaks clad in glaciers towering over 3200 m (10,500 ft.) in Glacier National Park. Also from the meadow viewpoints, the slopes plunge below you 900 m (3,000 ft.) into the deep and steep-sided Beaver and Duncan rivers; separating the Selkirk Mountains from the Purcell Mountains.