Kindersley Pass - Sinclair Creek Loop
Kootenay National Park, B.C.
August 15, 2009

Recent heavy rains and unfavorable weather had Sonny, Dinah and I looking for an easy trip so we decided to hike to the Kindersley-Sinclair col. Starting at the Kindersley Pass trailhead, the route climbs northwest to Kindersley Pass before swinging east to the Kindersley-Sinclair col. We would ascend unnamed peaks on either side of the col before taking the Sinclair trail back to the highway. (Later we realized we followed the route outlined in Hikes Around Invermere.)

As we started up, our pants became soaked by the encroaching wet vegetation. We saw little scenery; even when we reached an opening, rising mist obscured our view. But by the time we arrived below the pass, the sky had cleared somewhat.

After the pass, the trees thinned and the views opened up. At Kindersley-Sinclair col, our attention shifted to the unnamed peak rising 300 m on our left, south of Mount Kindersley (called "Kindersley SE4 on Google Earth). It resembled little more than a rock pile and its gentle grade was more of a walk-up than a scramble. As we crested a rise, we were surprised and disappointed to find a green tower – a radio repeater – and a helipad on top.

After adding layers to brace ourselves against the bitter cold, we spent several minutes surveying the surrounding peaks before descending. We weren't done climbing yet though. Sonny convinced us to ascend the smaller peak southeast of the col. Rising only 125 m above the col, the short trip was worthwhile. At least there was no tower on this peak! (The above panorama was taken from here.)

As we started back down, the weather quickly deteriorated. Snow pellets stung our faces, and then part way down Sinclair Trail it began to rain. No matter, since there were few views.

Even though we only ascended a couple of unnamed peaks, our GPSs indicated the SE4 was within a couple of metres in height of the impressive Mount Kindersley.

Sonny's Trip Report

GPX and KML Tracks


Kindersley Pass Trail


Recent rain created a washboard effect on the trail


The trail passes through a couple of pleasant glades in the forest


Sunlit mist


We passed a hanging valley


The SE4 lies northwest of the Kindersley-Sinclair col


Moose just below Kindersley Pass


The trail runs below the SE4


Almost at the col (mouse over to look back)


After reaching the col, we headed to Kindersley SE4


Alpine vegetation gives way to rocks (mouse over to look back)


Sonny tags a pinnacle


We made our way to the summit


We suspect others have made it to the summit before us


On top


Mount Kindersley (mouse over for a close-up)


Panorama from the helipad


Looking northeast at Mount Assiniboine, Aye Mountain and Eon Mountain (mouse over)


Our next peak (the closest one is higher, but we climbed both)


Sonny on the first little peak


Ascending the next little peak


Looking back at Kindersley SE4 from the second little peak


On the second little peak


Mount Sinclair


Heading back to the col


Sinclair Trail


Following the trail down into a valley


A patch of fireweed brightens the valley


Tangle Peak 82/J12

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