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 up 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 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 montony 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.
After rounding a bend in the creek bed, the west ridge of Mount Cornwall appeared
We followed a faint trail above the creek
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 appeared far away
Cliffs line the creek on our left
After the bend we'll find a waterfall running over slabs
The waterfall was under snow but this is where we left the creek and started up the grassy slope
Hiking up the scree slope
We headed to the col above the scree
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
Heading down from the summit
Bragg Creek 82 J/15
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