Mist Mountain

Just out of the trees with the Col ahead

Just out of the trees with the Col ahead

Friday July 24th 2015

Mist Mountain in Kananaskis Country in the Highwood Pass area. The trail starts from Hwy 40 67 km south of Hwy 1.to the Highwood Pass parking lot, toilets here. From there it is another 13km to the Mt Lipsett parking. Go past this point to the pull out on the highway as shown in photo below. The car is facing north.

A view of the area to climb the false summit

The pull off on Hwy 40. It is shorter hike than Lipsett parking. Car is facing north.

A trail just north of the pullout is visible from the hwy and intersects with the trail coming from Mt Lipsett parking. Follow the well worn trail through the trees until it breaks out into a beautiful alpine valley. The route climbs up the valley to a grassy col. As shown in the first photo.

The Yellow is the Hot Pools

The Yellow is the Hot Pools

The hot pools are visible from the grassy col but it would take another thirty minutes  to reach them. We did not have time to explore so will have to return another time.

The trail from the grassy col can be sen leading up the gully on the left side

The trail from the grassy col can be sen leading up the gully on the left side

The trail winds along the left side of the watershed.

A view of the area to climb the false summit

A view of the area to climb the false summit

Ok at this photo we walked too far along to the left before ascending and the going was hard on loose scree and a very steep grade. I think heading up earlier would work better somewhere in this vicinity.

Now able to stand and walk to the false summit

Now able to stand and walk to the false summit

This is the area you would end up at and it is a pleasant grade to walk to the false summit.

From the false summit cross the col to the Mist summit

From the false summit cross over the col to the Mist summit

 

A small false summit ahead before the true Mist Mt summit

A small false summit ahead before the true Mist Mt summit

 

A small false summit ahead before the true Mist Mt summit

The ridge up to the summit and the false summit top left

 

A close up view of Highwood Ridge front Grizzly Ridge

A close up view of Highwood Ridge front Grizzly Ridge behind

 

Coming down the scree gully

Coming down the scree gully

This steep way down is a great time saver. The grade is steep and the scree not very forgiving but it is the way to go.

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                                                      Note I would not recommend the route we took up to the false summit. Try heading up sooner.

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Distance return 10.5 km Time return 6:30 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation Accumulated gain 1380 m Elevation to Summit 1292 m Summit height 3142 m

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