N 49° 42.246 W 114° 34.419
BCP447 - Crowsnest Mountain
Takin It Easy (Larry and Matthew), Reastick, and I got an early start this morning to tackle this very lofty and scenic peak in the Crowsnest Pass. We arrived at the trailhead just before 9:00 am, geared up and set out to bag this fine summit.
The trip to the summit was a pleasant one with interesting conversation, lots of elevation gain on the trail, the trip through the extremely pitchy crux, and a ton of scree (thankfully it was nicely packed). We arrived at the summit pretty much right at noon and met up with a couple of scramblers whom we had been following all morning. We discussed the views from the summit of which there are many, snapped pictures for each other, enjoyed lunch by the cap, and continued to take additional pictures.
On the way down past the crux, we decided to take an alternate trail which led us to an interesting scree run, loose boulders a plenty, and generally a pretty challenging route - lots of fun!
Our round trip track log showed a distance of 11.5 km, with well over 1100 metres of elevation gain. We arrived back at the car shortly before 4:00 pm and were thankful for a cool drink and a change of shoes. Simply a challenging, scenic cap location with terrific company - thanks OFTH for setting this one up and the picture is on the way.