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Mist Mountain
Kananaskis, Alberta
August 22, 2009

Distance: 11.4 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1280 m

This was Dinah's first time up Mist Mountain, but it's been ten years since I visited the mountain. We followed the “usual route” described in the Kananaskis Country Trail Guide. Unlike my 1999 trip, we didn't visit the warm springs.

The trip unfolded much like the book describes. We had no difficulty routefinding: trails leading to the col and to the cirque were well-trodden. We plodded up the broad south face to gain the ridge that leads to the false summit. After the false summit, it was a quick, easy ridge walk to the true summit.

It was too cold and windy to linger on top, so we descended the scree slope to the cirque and took our first break on the boulders there before hiking back down.

Postscript: The approach road that we used has since become overgrown and is no longer used. See our Nameless Ridge trip for the new approach.

KML and GPX Tracks

Starting up the trail

Heading to the col after coming out of the trees

Odlum Ridge behind

After climbing above the col, the way is obvious

Looking back at the col

Fringed Grass-of-Parnassus

Heading to the cirque

Coming to the end of the cirque

The broad south slope leads to the ridge high above

Starting up

Looking back as we near the ridge crest

The summit ridge comes into view

On the ridge going to the false summit

Big drop on the other side

Closing in on the false summit

The false summit wasn't as steep as it first appeared

From the false summit, we followed the ridge to the true summit

Looking back just before the summit

On top of Mist Mountain

Summit memorial: the hiker was killed by lightning on Mist Mountain

Descending the scree gully

Fast descent on good scree

Heading back to the col. Mist Ridge on the left. Ahead is Nameless Ridge.

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