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Mount Richardson
Skoki, Banff National Park, Alberta
August 3, 2003

Distance: 23.2 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1300 m

Mount Richardson is largely a hike, but It's nearly 9 km to hike to Hidden Lake. There is no trail from Hidden Lake to the col, but Dinah and I headed for an obvious horn-shaped rock on the col where a good trail begins. The ascent was straightforward from there and follows the south ridge to the summit.

Postscript: The following year, an inexperienced woman fell to her death on Mount Richardson.

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On the trail to Hidden Lake

Mt. Richardson before reaching Hidden Lake

Hidden Lake

The col is left, just out of sight

Fireweed brightened the slopes

Slabs on the lower slope

Higher up, the slope gives way to talus

Looking back at Hidden Lake

After reaching the col, we started up the ridge (mouse over to look back)

The trail follows the ridge

Looking back along the ridge

Slogging up scree to the false summit

We finally reached the rocks above the scree slope

Pika Peak above the col

Pika Peak lies east (mouse over for a close-up)

First cairn (far left) marks the false summit. The true summit is some distance away.

The summit ridge is nearly flat

On the summit

Mount Redoubt above Hidden Lake

Coming back down the trail in the scree

Standing on the rock where the trail begins

82 N/8 Lake Louise

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