Ascending Cougar Mountain was straightforward. After cycling up the road along Little Elbow River for 12.1 km, we stashed our bikes just after a high point after the bridge. After climbing a steep forested slope we found ourselves on a open slope by a rain gauge. We trudged up to gain the ridge. It was an easy scramble to the false summit.
From the false summit, the true summit appears disappointingly far away, especially when taking in the elevation loss. However, there is some good scrambling to be had before reaching the true summit.
Biking the Little Elbow Trail
The false summit of Cougar Mountain seen from the bike path
We passed a rain gauge on the lower slopes
Heading to the ridge and to the false summit
Looking back at the Little Elbow River Valley
On the ridge crest
False summit ahead
Easy scrambling here (Dinah is in lower left)
At the base of the buttress, we went left on a goat track
Before reaching the top of the false summit, be prepared to trudge up much scree.
Threepoint Mountain and Mount Rose create a backdrop.
From the false summit, the true summit is still a long way off and you lose almost 100 m
After losing elevation, we started ascending
Pondering the next section
Some interesting scrambling along the way
Looking back at the false summit
The tarn below does not appear on the map
Outlaw Peak, Mount Cornwall, Banded Peak and Mount Glasgow from the summit
Heading back down
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