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The summit was too misty for a panorama so I dropped down a bit

South Peak of Mount Charles Stewart
Kananaskis, Alberta
June 14, 2003

Rising more than 250 m above Squaw's Tit, the South Peak of Mount Charles Stewart offers far better views. The approach trail is fast and interesting, but the 1.25 km slog up the gully is numbing!

To reach the summit, head up Stoneworks Canyon Trail (see Kananaskis Country Trail Guide) and continue up the creekbed past the canyon. The canyon soon opens up but leads to a dead end – a waterfall. On your left, however, a broad scree gully leads to the summit. As you trudge up this gully note the orange scree run on your right: this is a fast descent route. To reach the peak we stayed left of the gully because of the snow. Just before the summit, the grade steepens considerably and it's a moderate scramble to the top.

After taking in the views, start down the southeast ridge and seek the top of the orange scree run where you'll make a swift exit to the bottom of the gully.

KML Track


South Peak seen from the DQ in Canmore


South Peak seen from Squaw's Tit the following day. On our descent, we followed the ridge on the right until we reached the orange scree run.


A sign indicates the trail


Hiking up the canyon


Stoneworks Canyon provides an interesting diversion on the approach


Looking back after exiting the canyon


Hiking up the drainage after the canyon


At the end of the drainage, keep left to reach the start of the scree gully (click for a larger image)


The endless scree slog to the summit in the background


The town of Canmore comes into view behind us (mouse over for a close-up)


We headed to the solid rock left of the snow to avoid the scree


Partway up the scree. Squaw's Tit rises behind us.


The snow was too soft to hike up or slide down on


We finally reached solid rock


Almost at the top!


Dinah stands by the summit cairn


The ridge continues to Mount Charles Stewart


Trying to take pictures in the mist


Descending the ridge. Summit cairn is in the upper left. Note the steep grade of the scree.


Running down the orange scree


Looking back at the summit from partway down the scree slope (click for a larger image)


Hiking back through the canyon


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