June 13th 2019
Mary Barclay and her sister Catherine opened the first Youth Hostel in Canada. Not sure why they only named the mountain after Mary. There are two routes to get to the base of Mary’s mountain .One is a ford across the Kananaskis from Wasootch Creek. Or bike the 6 km from Troll Falls parking at the Stoney Trail near Nakiska Ski Resort. We chose the bike ride. It is easy going down in the morning but took more effort coming back with tired legs, read get off and push. There are two creeks to cross so depending on the time of year there may be more water than we encountered. After 6 km hide the bike and push off into the trees. Make a mental note of which power pole you were near when you hide your bike. Head for the bottom of the ridge to find a trail going up. Trail is clear most of the way. The only doubtful part is an open area that looks like you could cut across the mountain to miss the large sub peak but turn right an go up. ( see pictures ) There is a little bit of every terrain on this mountain. Walking through trees, going up scree and hands on scrambling with exposure. The crux is a nice hands on scramble followed by a narrow ridge . We came back down through the red shale to the creek. Problem was we took the wrong drainage and got cliffed out by a waterfall and had to traverse across some nasty steep scree to bypass. As usual it is always faster to go back the way you came.