Isola Peak
Kananaskis, Alberta
May 23, 2009

Three years ago I attempted Isola Peak but turned back when I encountered a blonde black bear. I had wanted to return so when Sonny suggested climbing it, I quickly agreed. Kelly, Dinah and I piled into his car and we drove down Hwy. 940. We turned onto a side road and parked by the Livingstone River.

After fording the river we started up the road. This time there was no bear. The road, which parallels Isolation Creek, led to an excavated gravel flat before dropping down and crossing two streams. About 400 m after the second stream – 3.4 km from the trailhead – we started up the wooded slope.

There was little deadfall and undergrowth but a patchwork of deep snow and dry forest bed left us searching for the easiest course. Eventually we reached the SE ridge and followed it to the treeline.

Past the treeline, we traipsed up the broad, featureless east slope to the summit. The clearcut slopes below detracted but we were also treated to distant views of the snow-covered High Rock Ranges.

When we made our way back to the road we came across a short, freshly cleared path. We also saw evidence of fresh trail work at the treeline. We wondered if this was a trail-in-the-making that would lead to the summit. If such a trail becomes established, Isola Peak may see more visitors.

Sonny Bou's Trip Report
KML Track


Crossing Livingstone River


Isola Peak seen from the gravel flat


First stream crossing


Second stream crossing


We leave the snow-covered road (below) and start bushwhacking


We also start postholing


Sonny and Kelly work their way through the snow


Dinah looks back as Kelly crosses a snow patch


Finally we see the summit ridge


We reach an open ridge


The summit is on our right but we head to the ridge crest ahead


Ascending a rather unremarkable slope


Sonny pauses to take photos


Kelly and Dinah hiking up


Mount Livingstone and Coffin Mountain


Kelly and Sonny near the summit


Arriving on top of Isola


Dinah, Kelly, Sonny and myself


Plateau Mountain and Sentinel Peak


Mount Harrison (3359 m) lies 50 km west


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