October 05 2018
Yes this is October 5th . No this should have been a snowshoe trip not a hike. It took us 3hrs to do 3km to get to the summit. That says it all as it was only 641 m elevation gain. So do this hike in the summer and enjoy the waterfall and the greenery. The views at the top were spectacular for such a short hike, near to Canmore. To get there take Hwy 40 to the Sibbald Creek road Hwy 68 Travel 4.5 km and park on the Hwy at the old logging road or clearing. From the road walk 150 m to the left turn to the waterfall. A steep climb through the wood brings you out onto a cut block section. Head toward the hill with a lonely tree. Then turn right back into the trees as the cut block ends. Make a note of direction as you will not see the summit for sometime. Come a cross a small rock band and head a little right with views of Barrier Lake. Then into an open area to the summit. At the summit go through the trees for a nice lunch outlook of Cox Hill and Moose Mountain. Views of Tiara and Belmore Brown and south. Note the track on my Gaia show the route coming up through the cut block Valley, which was probably an old logging way. This way you would miss the waterfall but it could be a route back down.
Distance return 5.8 km Time return 5 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation Accumulated gain 641 m Elevation to Summit 575 m Summit height 2077 m