|  Home |  Canada Trips |  US Trips |  Hiking |  Snowshoeing |  MAP |  About

Grotto Mountain (Direct Route)
Kananaskis, Alberta
March 13, 2004

Grotto Mountain provides a good workout in early season when other peaks are still snowbound. I've been up it a few times using both the ACC route and the direct route. Here Dinah and I climbed it using the direct route which stays right of the massive gully system. Unlike the ACC route, It's steeper and mostly off trail. But the routefinding and the immense cliffs make it more interesting. However, both trips begin at the Alpine Club of Canada site.

KML and GPX Tracks

Grotto Mountain from the highway

View of the summit before we crossed over to the ridge on the right

Looking south at The Three Sisters

One of the steeper sections

Halfway up the slope we came across this memorial

Hiking along the cliffs

Looking back

Looking across the huge basin

The summit is ahead

We followed the edge of the canyon while heading toward the summit

The scree slope begins at the treeline

The last part was a slog

Almost on the ridge

Hiking along the ridge to the summit

82 O/3 Canmore

Kane | Canada | Home