Hawk Mountain
Jasper, Alberta
August 24, 2003

This is a long but interesting scramble on an impressive-looking mountain. Above the treeline there's a good trail and the crux is well-marked. We avoided the chimney and scrambled easily on the right.

After that, it's a long, steep ascent to the ridge crest. In some places it's quite steep and I thought a slip would send me sliding a short ways down. Once on the ridge, however, it becomes a delightful ridge walk albeit a long one interrupted by many false summits.

The route time in the book seems to be rather optimistic. Some parties have taken as much as 11.5 hours to complete the trip. We managed a 9-hour trip, less 20 minutes on the summit, at a steady but comfortable pace. However, the lower end of 5 hours stated in the book appears to be exceptional. Whatever the time it takes, it's a worthwhile peak with good scrambling, interesting rock and great views.

MOVIE (posted on YouTube)
KML Track


Hawk Mountain from the highway


Hiking up the trail


Athabasca River


Negotiating deadfall on the lower slopes


Looking back as we made our way to the crux


The crux: the chimney is left but it's easier to climb to the right


A steep climb after the crux


Switching ridges: after ascending half of the vertical gain, it's still a long way to the top (far right).


Looking to regain the ridge


We follow what appears to be a sidewalk!


On the ridge


Routefinding was easy


Terrain varies along the way, always interesting.


The rest is an long but interesting ridge walk with little scrambling and lots
of false summits like this one.


One of the more interesting sections


Nearing the summit


Looking back at the ridge


The summit


Heading back down


Back at the crux


Descending the crux


83 E/1 Snaring River

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