In 1792, Thunder Mountain became the first peak in the Canadian Rockies to be climbed by a non-native. Since then, many others must have followed in his foot steps for there is a trail for much of the way. Thunder Mountain attracted my attention when I noticed it from Hwy. 22.
To get to the mountain, we drove drove down Hwy. 22 until we crossed the bridge over Oldman River. We took the first right turn after the bridge onto Maycroft Road, and followed it until we reached the north end of the Thunder Mountain. We parked at a pull-out on the left side.
After hiking up a short, steep road, we found a trail and headed up it. The trail, however, soon disappeared. We bushwhacked for a way before stumbling on another trail.
The trail took us to a shoulder were we could see the ridge we had to follow, at least to a false summit. There was little scrambling and a trail took us right to the summit.
Thunder Mountain from Hwy. 22. We parked at the end of the ridge on the right.
We parked at a pull-out and started up the road
After climbing 200 m, we came out on the shoulder. The false summit is far right.
Hiking up the shoulder
We passed a boulder on the shoulder
After leaving the shoulder, the ridge soon narrows
Behind us to the north, is Livingstone Fire Lookout
Looking around from an outcrop
A trail bypasses an outcrop
From the false summit the way to the two summits is obvious
Looking back along the colorful ridge we traversed
From here it's a walk to the summit
From the top we noticed a Canada Centennial display (bottom, centre). Mouse over
to zoom in.
On the summit
Heading back (click for a larger image)
82 G/16 Maycroft
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