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Saskatoon Mountain
Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
February 7, 2009

The idea of climbing Saskatoon Mountain came from trailpeak.com. Following the route description, we parked at the municipal park beside the main road in Coleman. Not sure what to expect, we brought our snowshoes, but it was soon evident we didn't need them and we ditched them early in the trip.

We hiked up Miner's Path alongside Nez Perce Creek until we reached a frozen waterfall. The creek follows a canyon so at the icefall, we climbed out of the canyon and hiked on a trail above it.

When we reached an opening in the trees where we could see the base of the mountain, we switched to another path that led up the slope. Soon we were looking down on Coleman, while hiking north on an open ridge. Further on, the ridge morphed into a broad, treed plateau. Eventually the trees gave way to a semi-open summit.

We didn't stay long on top, not with the wind gusting up to 70 kph. But the skies were fairly clear providing us with good views of Crowsnest Mountain and The Seven Sisters.

KML Track


Nez Perce Creek


Icefall


Heading to the base of the mountain


We had no trouble finding trails


Heading to an outcrop


Chinook Peak and Sentry Mountain in the background


We reached the top of the outcrop


Mt. Coulthard, Mt. McLaren, Andy Good Peak, Mt. Parrish and Chinook Peak


We followed the ridge


A long stretch of postholing lies ahead. The summit is on the right, hidden from view.


Looking back along the ridge


We followed a trail in the trees


Leaning tree attests to the strong winds in the area


Mount Tecumseh lies west


Dinah heads to the open summit. A higher, unnamed peak is on the left.


Dinah on the summit


Crowsnest Mountain


Seven Sisters


Turtle Mountain and Hillcrest Mountain


Grassy Mountain and Livingstone Ridge


Heading back


Crowsnest 82 G/10 and Blairmore 82 G/9

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