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Fossil Mountain
Skoki, Banff National Park, Alberta
September 5, 2004

Distance: 25.6 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1250 m

Starting from Fish Creek parking lot, Dinah and I hiked up Temple Road and continued on the trail to Boulder Pass. We passed the trail to Hidden Lake and went to Deception Pass. From the pass, we hiked up the west slope to the summit without encountering any difficulties. Despite the long approach, Fossil Mountain can be done easily as a day trip, and the views are worth it.

KML and GPX Tracks

At the end of the road, we saw a silver-back (left, partly hidden) and two black grizzlies

Fossil Mountain seen from Boulder Pass. Deception Pass is the low point left of Ptarmigan Lake.

Mount Redoubt

Hiking up the trail

Anthozoan and Brachiopod Mountains

From Deception Pass the grade to the top of Fossil Mountain looks gentle, but the view is deceptive

Looking back

The gentle lower slopes of Fossil ahead

On the ridge

Looking down at Ptarmigan Lake

The grade steepens

Looking back along the ridge

Stumbling up snow-covered loose rock on Fossil Mountain with Ptarmigan Peak in the background

Zegadenus Lake and Myosotis Lake in the background

Higher up, the snow became deeper and mist rolled in

Nearing the summit

Dinah stands between the memorial and summit cairn

The memorial

On the summit

Molar Mountain

Heading back down

Taking a break

We came across a ptarmigan on the way back

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