View from Lost Mountain
Anderson Peak and
Given the cool, wet weather in the Rockies west of Calgary, we headed south to warmer climes to bag Anderson Peak. Following Andrew's description, we hiked the Blakiston Creek Trail to the drainage below the Lost-Anderson col in an hour.
After leaving the trail and battling bushes to reach the drainage, we realized that the "grassy slopes" indicated in Andrew's book were in fact covered in dense bush. Taking the left side of the drainage would require serious bushwhacking. The right side of the drainage, however, was largely free of bushes so we headed up it. This turned out to be a fairly direct route to the summit.
After following the drainage we came to a small side drainage and hiked up it. We soon left this drainage and struggled through dense bush for a short way before reaching open slopes. We continued toward the summit although now it was blocked from our view.
We plodded up scree until we reached the black rocks on our left. The rocks were stable and a welcome relief from the scree. We quickly reached the orange scree below the summit and trudged to the top. As always, the colours of Waterton enthralled us. After a half hour stay on the summit we descended to the Lost-Anderson col.
From the col the ascent of Lost Mountain was quick (only 60 m of elevation gain!). It's a wonder that this tiny point was given a name. A buttress of red rock prevents a direct ascent up the ridge, but after looking around, we found that the left side offered the simplest route: we walked along a ledge until we found a spot where we could regain the ridge with a moderate step.
After a 15-minute stay on the summit, we returned to the col and retraced our steps down the drainage.
We enjoyed the trip although in retrospect, after checking the Lost Mountain route and seeing how close it was, I wish we had descended the south slopes of Lost mountain for the different scenery.
Sunrise lights up peaks by our campsite
The trail beside Blakiston Creek
Another view of the creek
Looking up the second drainage, the moderate scrambling route to Anderson Peak
Lost Mountain (left) and Anderson Peak (centre) from the trai (mouse over for our route)
After leaving the trail we bushwhacked to the drainage
We climbed up the right side of the drainage which was semi open
Fairly easy travel here. Some animal trails helped along the way.
Going up the side drainage. We exited on the left and headed towards the tall
spruce on the skyline. This lone tree guided us back to the drainage on our return.
After bushwhacking we reached an open scree slope. Mount Hawkins behind us.
We take a reprieve from scree and travel on grass before hitting more scree. The
summit is above Dinah but hidden from view.
Scrambling up a short rock band
We made good time ascending the black rock
Anderson Peak summit
The east end of Anderson
Dinah on the summit (mouse over for the reverse view)
I built a chair next to the summit using a couple of rock slabs. Dinah checks out
the summit register.
360° view from Anderson Peak
Lost Mountain from the col
The right side of the buttress is rather complex so we went around the left side where
routefinding was simpler.
Almost at the summit
Looking back at Anderson Peak as Dinah ascends the ridge
On the summit of Lost Mountain
Heading back down the drainage
82 G/1 Sage Creek
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