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Pigeon Mountain
Kananaskis, Alberta
December 10, 2004

Despite the weather miserable and boring approach for Pigeon Mountain, Dinah and I were glad to get out at a time of year when hikes are limited.

After following the Skogan Pass trail for 5 km we took a side trail that led up the mountain. We looked forward to emerging from the forest, but once out of the trees, there was little to see because of intermittent snowfall and rising mist. The wind kicked up snow and often blotted out the scenery.

We scrambled up to the lower south peak but learned it has little to recommend. We pushed on to the main summit. Along the way we saw some bighorn sheep. They gave way to us and scrambled down the mountainside.

We reached the summit without incident although the weather had worsened. The weather obscured the view so much, that it was pointless to take a panorama from the top of Pigeon Mountain. We didn't stay long and decided to take a shortcut back to the car, one that would save us 4.5 km. It also took us off the ridge where wind and snow were insufferable. I set a waypoint for the top of the ski hill and used my GPS receiver to guide us down through 2 km of forest to the top of an abandoned ski hill. From there it was an easy one-kilometre stroll back to the car.

KML and GPX Tracks


We finally left the trees and got on the open ridge


After the trees, a rock wall comes into view


The north summit is some distance away


Hiking up an obvious trail


Mist rises behind us. Collembola and Mount Allan in the background


On the slopes beneath the south summit


View of the north summit from the south summit


Following a trail down the south summit

Leaving the south summit behind


Mount McGillivray lies east


Traversing to the north summit


Mountain sheep flee as we approached them (mouse over for a close-up)


Following the ridge to the north summit


Looking back at the south summit from the north summit


Nearing the summit


It was too cold to linger on top!


After bushwhacking down from the summit we were glad to reach the top of the ski hill


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