June 3, 2017.
- Total distance: 5.54 km round-trip
- Total elevation gain: 824 m
- Elevation of objective: 2200 m
- Total time: 3h 50m
I hadn’t done this hike before, so I went with the info in the 3rd (newest) edition of Kane’s Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies. His description is a little out of date, since it mentions power lines at the parking area and descending to the trailhead. There are currently no power lines there, which was briefly confusing. I knew I had the right trailhead, though, because of the painted yellow rocks marking the start. The route is pretty easy to follow, since there’s an evident trail most of the way, and frequent orange ribbons tied on to trees to mark the way. I’ll put the pics below that show the way down to the trailhead.
The weather was excellent – sunny with a few clouds, temperatures in the 20s. There was wind, which seemed to pick up through the day. For most of the hike, though, it was a non-issue.
Getting to the north summit doesn’t involve too much actual scrambling, but traversing to the south (true) summit does. I went part of the way across the saddle between the summits, where there is plenty of scrambling to be found. I was by myself, though, and it was getting more windy by that time so I concluded my hike at that point.
This is a great hike/scramble in terms of immediate rewards. You park at the base of the mountain and immediately have pleasant views of Crowsnest Mountain and the Seven Sisters. As you ascend, the big peaks along the continental divide come into view. Once you reach the top of the ridge, you get awe-inspiring views of the famous Frank Slide rock field.
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