Mist Mountain II
Kananaskis, Alberta
August 22, 2009

Although it was Dinah's first time, it's been ten years since I visited the Mist Mountain. We followed the “usual route” described in the Kananaskis Country Trail Guide. Unlike my 1999 trip, we didn't visit the warm springs.

The trip unfolded much like the book describes. We had no difficulty routefinding; trails leading to the col and the cirque were well-trodden. We plodded up the broad south face to gain the ridge that leads to the false summit. After the false summit, it was a quick, easy ridge walk to the true summit.

It was too cold and windy to linger on top, so we descended the scree slope to the cirque bottom and took our first break on the boulders there before hiking back down.

KML Track


Heading to the col after coming out of the trees


Odlum Ridge behind


After climbing above the col, the way is obvious


Looking back at the col


Fringed Grass-of-Parnassus



Heading to the cirque


Coming to the end of the cirque


The broad south slope leads to the ridge high above


Starting up


Looking back as we near the ridge crest


The summit ridge comes into view


On the ridge going to the false summit


Big drop on the other side


Closing in on the false summit


The false summit wasn't as steep as it first appeared


From the false summit, we followed the ridge to the true summit


On top of Mist Mountain


Summit memorial: the hiker was killed by lightning on Mist Mountain


Descending the scree gully


Heading back to the col. Mist Ridge on the left.


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