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Mount Cornwall
Kananaskis, Alberta
June 27, 2009

Having bagged Banded, Outlaw and Glasgow, Mount Cornwall remained the last of the quartet of peaks for Dinah and I to climb in this area. We used the South Glasgow Creek approach: hike 3 km up Big Elbow Trail to the creek and follow it to the scree slope below the Cornwall-Glasgow col. Finish with a slog to the col and a hike along the north ridge of Cornwall.

After starting up the Big Elbow trail we missed seeing a small cairn that indicates a shortcut to the South Glasgow Creek (we followed the shortcut out). We left the trail when we could see the broad, stony creekbed through the trees. After the creek bends left, we found the trail that climbs up the left bank. Cairns at important points eased our passage. Although the creek seemed excessively long, highlights along the way, such as waterfalls and gorge views, helped distract from the monotony of hiking along the creek.

The trail, ranging from faint to non-existent, led us to the gorge. Beyond that, there was no trail. We followed the creek and slogged up a scree slope to the Cornwall-Glasgow col. After attaining the ridge we soon found ourselves standing on top of Mount Cornwall.

The views were more spectacular than I expected, probably since it was both a clear day and Cornwall is the highest of the quartet.

KML Track

MOVIE (posted on YouTube)


After leaving the trail we start hiking up the broad creekbed


After rounding a bend, the west ridge of Mount Cornwall appeared


We followed a faint trail above the creek


First waterfall


Calypso orchids


Snow-covered Cornwall is visible from the gorge


After dropping back down to the creek, we noticed the water was crystal clear


Mount Cornwall still appears far away


Cliffs line the creek on our left


After the bend we'll find a waterfall running over slabs


We'll start up the grassy slopes ahead


The waterfall was under snow, but this is where we left the creek


Hiking up the scree slope


We headed to the col above the scree


Looking back across an impressively vast scree slope


On the col


Mount Glasgow fills the background


We headed to the dry slopes of Cornwall. The summit is far left.


Looking back at South Glasgow Creek


The snow was easier to ascend than the scree


View to the southwest includes two beautiful tarns (mouse over for a closer look)


Hiking along the ridge


Approaching the summit


On the summit


Bragg Creek 82 J/15

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