Tallon Peak (East Approach)
Hiking the Historic Crowsnest Pass
February 28, 2009

Although we climbed Tallon and Robertson Peaks using the south approach in the spring years ago, we decided to climb Tallon Peak in the winter using the route in Hiking the Historic Crowsnest Pass. The only difficulty we anticipated was land access: since the book was printed, privatization has prohibited some routes in Crowsnest Pass.

Following the book instructions, we drove up the gravel road (Township Road 75) only to confront signs such as “No Trespassing” and “Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted.” We stopped at a house to obtain firsthand information. The resident told me not to worry, that the signs were there to discourage hunters.

After parking on the roadside, we hiked west up the road, through a gate (ignoring the “Keep Out” signs) and headed to Tallon Peak. We soon gained the west ridge that leads to the summit. We probably missed the trails and roads described in the book – the snow hid those – but we had no problem hiking up the ridge. Except for some parts, the snow layer was thin and offered little resistance.

At the summit block, we diverged from the book route by circumventing it north instead of south. After following a cliff band a short distance we found a weakness and climbed to the summit of Tallon Peak. Despite being a diminutive mountain, the summit views were rewarding.

GPX and KML Tracks


Tallon Peak (centre, seen from our start point) is preceded by a ridge on the left


Heading to the ridge


The view west


The slope was steeper than we expected here so we went around to find an easier grade


We're almost on the ridge


On the ridge with Tallon Peak ahead


A deer (bottom) watched us intently (mouse over for a close-up) before disappearing


The views to the southwest appear as we ascend


Looking back at the ridge, nearly bare of snow, where we were minutes ago


We hit deep snow here but fortunately someone had recently broke trail on snowshoes


Looking south


The summit is close enough to see a summit cairn


We encountered the snowshoe tracks again and followed them to the north side of the summit block


The snowshoe tracks headed right but we kept left, looking for a break in the cliff band


We circled the summit block looking for a way up


We find a weakness and take it


Hiking to the summit


The summit is topped by a huge cairn


Robertson Peak and the south end of Livingstone Ridge (mouse over for a close up)


Turtle Mountain


Panorama from the summit


Blairmore 82 G/9

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