Crowsnest Mountain is the crown jewel of hikes in the area. The massive form of the mountain can actually be summited by hikers without having to do technical climbing. However, it is a long and difficult hike, with many hazards including danger from falling rock and some very exposed sections. The trail begins through the forest and begins to climb at a very steady pace, reaching treeline just before the 3 km point. From here the route leads up open scree slopes to the base of massive wet black cliffs above. At the base of the cliffs, the route works its way to the left, eventually reaching the "Chimney", the crux of the route. Above the Chimney the route follows a series of tracks through loose scree to the peak, the highest point in the Crowsnest pass at 2785 m.
From Highway 3 drive north on Allison Creek/Atlas Road for 9.7 km, keeping right at the end of pavement/cattle guard. Take a 100 m side track to the trailhead sign on a pipeline right of way.
Good scrambling and route finding skills are a must for this hike. The hike can be extremely dangerous for those unprepared or unskilled.
More Stats for Crowsnest Mountain (Hiking Trail) mountain bike trail
Altitude change3,327 ft
Altitude min5,570 ft
Altitude start5,570 ft
Altitude end8,898 ft
Distance climb2 miles
Distance down1,268 ft
Distance flat300 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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