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Midnight Peak
North Ridge, Hiking Route
For scrambling route, see our West Ridge trip
Kananaskis, Alberta
July 21, 2020

The last time Dinah and I climbed Midnight Peak was 16 years ago, so we thought it would be interesting to redo. Unlike our last ascent when we hiked offtrail along the west ridge, we followed a trail up the north ridge. Facing a hot day, we hoped to finish before it reached 28°

The straightforward route begins at Baldy Pass trailhead. From there, we crossed the highway and started up the broad trail. When we reached a junction a short time later, we kept left for the pass. The trail makes little effort to gain elevation until it leaves the gravel creekbed. Then it rises to Baldy Pass. A huge cairn suggests reaching this spot is a major achievement, but not really: we were only halfway up Midnight Peak.

We turned right and started up the north ridge. At first the trail was open to the sky, but then it entered the forest. Here the trail often forked. Trails left or right appeared equally worn and soon converged only to split again. However, trails straying right, towards a talus slope, may offer views, but we didn't bother with them. We wanted to go up.

Then we were out of the trees, facing a steep talus slope. Here too, trails riddled the slope, but all conspired to reach the summit. We had forgotten how pleasant it was. The summit, topping nearby Baldy Mountain by 150 m, offers far-reaching views. We soaked in the scenery while we ate lunch, and while a chipmunk raced around us.

We returned to the trailhead without incident, other than finding it hot in the confines of the creekbed. It seems we weren't early enough, or maybe not quick enough; it was already 28° when we got to the car.

KML and GPX Tracks


After hiking 800 m, we turned left for Baldy Pass


Western wood lilies graced the trail


The trail heads to a gravel creekbed


Harebells


Behind is Nakiska ski hill


After leaving the creekbed, the trail begins a steeper ascent


A huge cairn marks Baldy Pass


The summit of Midnight Peak can be seen from the pass


A short time later, we passed a junction


Looking back


After a sharp turn, the summit appeared in front of us


The trail continues climbing in trees


We emerged onto a talus slope


There are a few trails in the slope


The grade up the slope is relentless


Looking back at Baldy Pass. Left is Baldy South Peak.


The summit is still far off


Dinah will soon join me on the summit


A chipmunk greets Dinah at the top


The chipmunk kept an eye on us the entire time


A pink summit register sits by a break wall


A ridge connects Midnight Peak to Midday Peak aka Half Past Midnight Peak


The chipmunk watches us depart


82 J/14 Spray Lakes Reservoir


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