Exshaw Ridge
Kananaskis Trail Guide, Vol. 1
March 27, 2004

This was our second time up Exshaw Ridge. The first time we didn't get far because the wind was too strong. It was windy this time too, but at least it didn't knock us over.

After hiking up Exshaw Creek for 3.5 km, we headed up the ridge. It was steep but animal trails assisted our ascent. The grade eased once we reached the ridge. We followed it to the end, taking in its many ups and downs. Along the way we passed peaks we had already climbed: Doorjamb and Loder Peak east, Gap Peak and Mount Fable west. Mount Fable is especially prominent: the summit looks rather like a shark fin.

I also studied peaks I hadn't seen before. Morrowmount caught my eye and two weeks later we returned to ascend it.

GPX and KML Tracks


Exshaw Ridge: the arrow indicates our turnaround point


Hiking up Exshaw Creek


Gaining the ridge


Gap Peak


A few ups and downs ahead


The first section of ridge was easy and mostly featureless


Looking back along the ridge


Mount Fable dominates the background here


Morrowmount (left)


Little Mythic Tower (left) and the Mythic Towers (right) rise above Exshaw Creek (click for a
larger image)


Cornices line the crest in some spots


The ridge becomes more rugged


Lots of scree here


Some nice scenery along the latter part of the ridge


Looking south at the highest point we reached


After walking pass the summit a short way, Dinah took this photo looking back


Ahead, the ridge appeared technical


Panorama from the top. Morrowmount is the high, gray peak above red scree.


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