Nipple Mountain

Nipple Mountain near Canmore, AB


This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
10 kms
5hours
difficult
Hiking
Summer
Canmore, AB
User ChrisMarry
Edwards Rating: III (IV) M M

Also called Squaw's t*t, it is a superb moderate-difficult scramble. Hands on, sometimes total exposure, but rocks-grips are fine, that's why I loved it! Lots of route finding though.

ELEVATION gain (Net): 1104 m. max elevation 2431 m.

TRAIL: Beginning from that parking lot beside the Highway and between Canmore and Harvie Heights, I took the obvious trail on the left for about 2km. At a certain point, it will split and I then kept going on the right one until I met a bed creek. Then, I crossed it and the "fun" began. I was so tired of trying to find the "right" path (some pink bands, but good luck to find them all) that I just went up until I finally got to the tree line.

Now the real fun begins, steep walk with more obvious scree trails all over, but you can choose to climb up slabs if you prefer, such I did. When you reach the ridge, you walk on it up to the "nipple". You'll have sometimes to choose between climbing-down climbing with exposure on the ridge or going through scree slopes on your right. Once at the base of this famous "nipple", you should see a cairn on the left side. If it's dry, it's not a problem because you get great grips anyway, but slab could be dangerous otherwise. After that 1st part, you will easily see the trail up to the ridge. There will be exposure on the last portion where you have to step over a rock using the side of the ridge, but it's ok if you scrambled a few times before.

CAUTION, YOU WANT TO GO DOWN THE EXACT SAME WAY. DO NOT take the left side of the ridge, which would brings you to a really bad gully. You stay on the ridge and go back West (right) to the forest.

Directions:

As you can or will get a ticket by parking in Harvey Heights, I would recommend that you use the parking along the Highway, on Harvie Heights Rd. It's located right between Harvie Heights and Canmore exits.
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By ChrisMarryPosted By: ChrisMarry  - Fri Sep 13 03:31:48 UTC 2013 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Excellent scrambling, great grips and foothold, slabs easy to hike in dry conditions, lots of hands on if you want! Downside Route finding, it is terrible in the forest sometimes. Be careful with falling rocks if you see other people on the slope, it can be really dangerous. HELMET recommended. Comment Hard day, hard night, as I got rescued soon the next morning... I didnâ??t put GPS data at it's a route finding trail most of the way. The ridge is more than 2 km I would say and lots of fun scrambling I tell you! You have sometimes scree trails, but I personally preferred to walk the ridge with some down climbing and exposure, I felt more comfortable that way and this trail has great grips and solid rock for foothold.

CAUTION, YOU WANT TO GO DOWN THE EXACT SAME WAY. It was 7h45pm in September when I did it... alone. I hurried to make sure I would be in the forest before night, so I went down fast... Taking the big gully on the left side of the ridge without even noticing it, I just thought of going down fast and then, went straight down, big mistake. Night has arrived and surprise, my headlamp started to work only 1-2 seconds at a time. I arrived at a point where there was a dried waterfall with slippery rocks and impossible walls to climb. I had to go back up the ridge, called rescue team and tried to start a fire, no water, no food left and exhausted. They rescued me 6-7 hours later and I am fine. I am telling the story so you don't improvise your way down like I did, please don't do that...! Gullies almost always have bad surprises I tell you. And time is the key, starting at 4h30-5pm was a really bad decisionâ?¦


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