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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