Mt Baldy - Kananaskis
G - Gendarme traverse
DC - Downclimb from rock prow, circumvent left or on the North side
Rock prow downclimb with exposure viewed from higher up the ridge
Gendarme traverse viewed from higher up the mountain, can also
see the rock prow lower left of photo
Mt Baldy - Kananaskis Highway 40
Scramble: Class 2 Steep Hiking, Some Use of Hands, Some exposure
Altitude: 2,192m (7,190 ft)
Elevation Gain: 800m (2,624 ft)
Ascent Time: 2 2 1/2 Hours
Best Season to Scramble: May to October, Dry Slopes
This scramble overlooks Barrier Lake as you enter the
Kananaskis and has some real varied terrain to cover, theres an exposed rock step
and a traverse around a gendarme. Both spots are shown in the pictures above.
Head west out of Calgary on the TransCanada highway # 1 to the
Highway 40 Kananaskis Country turnoff (approx 59.7km from the Canada Olympic Park
intersection to the Highway 40 turnoff). Take the turnoff and head south on highway 40 for
approx. 12.4 km. Youll be looking right at the steep north face of Mt. Baldy. The
road takes you around the right hand side of Baldy where you will see on your left a rock
cut and sign saying watch for falling rock. You can drive further down the road to an open
parking area to your right and walk back down to the spot mentioned or you can turn around
in the open area, head back the way you came and park in the ditch next to the sign.
From here the trail climbs steeply up the rock cut and up the
treed ridge. About halfway (??) up the ridge you come to the rock step down climb with
exposure (3m). To avoid this you can backtrack down the rock prow and drop to the slopes
on the North and scramble your way up the steep slabs avoiding the down climb altogether.
From here you move up the ridge to the gendarme which requires a careful traverse on the
right hand side. Once these two spots have been safely negotiated there remains steep
hiking to the top.