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View from Mount Blakiston

Hawkins Horseshoe
Mount Blakiston, Mount Hawkins and Mount Lineham
Waterton, Alberta
July 25, 2004

We were up at 3:15 am for the three-hour drive to Waterton Park. We arrived at the Lineham Falls trailhead at 7:00 am to climb three peaks: Mounts Blakiston, Hawkins and Lineham. The trip took us just under 11 hours, not including the 1.5 km walk down the road back to our car. However, it was a hot day and we were loaded down with water. We each brought four litres of water and drank nearly all of it.

Our only difficulty was climbing Blakiston. Here the instructions were unclear. We went left when we should've have kept to the right side of the gully. Also, the couloir below the summit cannot be seen from the gully so we weren't sure where to head. We spent several minutes looking for it before finding it, hidden on our left. After summiting Mount Blakiston, the rest of the trip was an easy and delightful ridgewalk, and the way was obvious to Mount Hawkins and Mount Lineham.

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Mount Blakiston seen from Mount Lineham. The ascent gully is right.

Close up of the summit ascent

Hiking up Lineham Falls trail

After leaving the trail, we started up the gully

Looking back

Enjoyable climbing here

Looking east toward the basin between Mount Hawkins and Mount Lineham (click for a larger image)

Along with two other parties that day, we had trouble finding the couloir. Head for the rock buttress above me.

The couloir is left of the buttress but hidden

Easy scrambling up the couloir

I waited until there's no risk of falling rock before starting up (mouse over)

We continued scrambling to the top of Mount Blakiston (mouse over to look down)

After gaining the crest, we can see the connecting ridges from Mount Lineham (far left) to Mount Hawkins (click for a larger image)

On the summit of Mount Blakiston

Hiking to Mount Hawkins on the far right (click for a larger image)

The route climbs partway up the high point ahead

Starting up the high point

Looking back through a break we used

Coming down on a trail in the scree

A variety of colours appear as we approach Mount Hawkins

Lower slopes of Hawkins

We kept left, seeking a way up the cliffs

Scrambling up a short cliff

Below Hawkins is one of the Lineham Lakes

From the summit of Hawkins, I took a photo of Blakiston (mouse over)

360° View from the top of Mount Hawkins. Mount Blakiston and Mount Lineham are on the left.

After leaving Mount Hawkins we head for the ridge that leads to Mount Lineham

Mount Lineham and Lineham Lakes after leaving Mount Hawkins (click for a larger image)

An enjoyable ridge walk

The summit of Lineham appears after the next high point

We found the ascent of Mount Lineham demanding as we were tired by this time

We followed the ridge to the summit of Lineham

Looking down at the lakes from Mount Lineham

Top of Mount Lineham. Cairn on the left. Mount Blakiston on the right.

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