Mt Niles Scramble via Niles Meadow

Sherbrooke Lake & Mt Niles

Sherbrooke Lake & Mt Niles

August 14th Wednesday

A bit of an alpine start leaving Canmore at 7:00 am. Started the hike at 8:00 am from Sherbrooke Lake parking just past the Great Divide Lodge ( now owned and operated by Lake Louise Ski Resort ).

The climb up to the lake is a moderate trek of 3.0 km.

 

Sherbrooke Lake

Sherbrooke Lake

The lake is long by alpine standards at about 1.2 km.  The path stays very close to the lake and gives good views of the long day ahead.

 

Sherbrook Creek Falls

Sherbrook Creek Falls

After the lake the trail gradually rises along the Sherbrooke Creek. There are a couple of open meadows split up by treed sections,some are a little muddy and of course a couple of log and plank creek crossings. The action starts when you drop down into  Niles Meadow.

Nile Meadow & the route up to the shoulder

Nile Meadow & the route up to the shoulder

 

Find the cairn for the shoulder.

Find the cairn for the shoulder.

After finding the cairn do not  go up the water course logs indicate a right turn to the switch backs.

 

The route ahead across the shoulder

The route ahead across the shoulder

At the top you look down on this view and the main marker point is the spire

Down again to come up onto the flat rocks

Down again to come up onto the flat rocks

This is the last chance to fill your water bottle, as there are a couple of little brooks to cross.

On the flat rocks with the Spire in sight

On the flat rocks with the Spire in sight

Spire ahead. Stay right and high do not head for the Col.

The Spire.Climb up as close to the left as comfortable

The Spire.Climb up as close to the left as comfortable

The rest is a good old-fashioned scramble. Loose rock ,boulders and scree. There are some cairns and some tracks to follow. From the Spire after you have covered 11 km you still have 350 m to go.The views suddenly make it all worth while when the Daly Glacier and the Waputik Icefield come into view.

Summit snow with the Waputik Glacier.

Summit snow with the Waputik Glacier.

The Emerald Glacier & Iceline trail 5km across the Valley

The Emerald Glacier & Iceline trail 5km across the Valley

 

Sherbrooke Lake & Mt Vanguard & Cathedral Mt

Sherbrooke Lake & Mt Vanguard & Cathedral Mt

Emerald lake

Emerald lake

Mt Niles

Mt Niles Profile

Distance return 24 km.  Total elevation gain 1350 m to summit. Overall 1515 m Height 2978 m. Time overall 8 hrs. 5 hrs to summit.

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