grotto mountain acc route

Presented here is most scenic and relatively unknown option that starts from Cougar creek trailhead (same as for Lady MacDonald) and climbs semi-forested "Cougar ridge" gently rising at west flanks of the mountain. Hey Steve! Route #2 Right Side Edge of Cougar Creek #3 Direct Route #4 Grotto Buttress Route Rats Nest Cave #5 Cougar Creek Gully. Calgary-based hiking, scrambling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing club. Grotto Mountain (ACC Route) Kananaskis, Alberta. Nestor. Up direct route, down ACC route. She had to sit down but urged me to continue without her. It was my birthday, and a peak is a perfect b-day gift! And like me, she enjoyed returning to Grotto Mountain after an absence of many years. This way up is way more interesting than the ACC route. On the way down, I stayed on the ridge all the way until the last false summit and this route proved to be both easier and more scenic. There were two trails that could ruin your day. I did all the trail-breaking by myself…. Well documented in Andrew Nugara’s More Scrambles in Canadian Rockies, it is rated as difficult, loose, exposed and a “climber’s scramble”. The second one was the Horseshoe Traverse, which continues horizontally all the way to Cougar Creek. bobspirko.ca  |  Home  |  Canada Trips  |  USA Trips  |  Hiking  |  Snowshoeing |  MAP  |  About, Grotto Mountain (ACC Route) I went off-route here, and wasted about 20 minutes. After going up a couple of gentle cliff bands, the path suddenly breaks out of the trees. There were two trails that could ruin your day. In these days, it seems like most people were hiking this trail instead of Grotto Mountain. Moreover, it enjoys a long climbing season. The scramble section is merely a very steep hike and the few hands-on steps are all avoidable if staying on the ridge. This was my 3rd time doing the hike, and 1st for my friend. Once above the treeline, I finally can relax a bit. Untitled 1 [Alberta/Bow Valley Provincial Park] Grotto Mountain - 2,706m // 2013년 6월 8일 토요일 * Easy to Moderate * GPS - 최고높이 (Max. August 24, 2013 3125m Kananaskis – Smith Dorrien Valley, AB Located on the west side of Spray Lake, the unofficially named Old Goat Mountain is the highest in Goat Range sees few visitors unlike its neighbour, Mt. Change ). Distance: 12 km Elevation gain: 1560 m Route map With gorgeous weather in the mountains today we were looking for something big to hike, but many bigger objectives were still completely snowbound. Hopefully there would be people doing this mountain in the following several days, so they don’t need to do the massive trail breaking thing. OK that is all the routes up Grotto that I know of completed. After that I was very demotivated to drove home. by [deleted] in Canmore Shredthegnar1369 0 points 1 point 2 points 3 months ago Ahhh. I checked the register, and the last ascent was done on Dec. 27th, so I’m the first one successfully ascended Grotto Mountain in 2012. Starting at the Alpine Club of Canada site, the trail begins on an undemanding grade but eventually becomes quite steep. GPS Route: Grotto-Cougar_Creek There are a couple things that stand out about Grotto. Due to the lack of snow on upper section, the rest was just like a late season scramble (although still a long way to the summit). As you can see, Grotto Mountain is a big one. By the time I eventually reached the summit, it was 2:20 pm, which indicated I only had about 2 hours of daylight time. Throughout the trip we encountered hikers on this popular route, so it was no surprise to run into people on the summit. The direct route involves several steep slab sections even below the treeline with a few cliff bands, so I decided to give it an attempt via ACC route, a longer but safer route. The one we chose is known as the “ACC route. The first is how steep it is. Great site I have a few questions about this one. Most popular is ACC route starting from ACC clubhouse; more direct and recommended for peakbaggers is "Big Gully" route that branches off ACC route about 15-20 minutes past trailhead. From Calgary take the Trans-Canada Highway to Canmore. The second one was the Horseshoe Traverse, which continues horizontally all the way to Cougar Creek. Can you reply back? Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Two cars or a bike are needed. Fortune as a snowshoe ascent but I again, didn’t manage to wake up early enough, and the deteriorating weather forced me to turn around right after crossing the lake. "Did the Acc route so I could experience the amazing ridge walk twice, saw the rock window and mount Assinaboine, got caught in a T-storm on the way down the mountain, a bit scary, pelted with pea sized hail, soaked to the bone, sliding down mud trails We were partway along the ridge when Dinah was hit with vertigo; years ago a viral infection in her inner ear robbed her of her balance and she never fully recovered. August 9th 2019. ACC had women breaking trails. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The space is limited so guest will have first Unfortunately parking in any of the ACC lots wasn’t permitted, but we This was my 3rd time doing the hike, and 1st for my friend. After leaving her, I easily downclimbed a two-metre cliff band, the only scrambling bit along the ridge. Time to hurry up on the descent. (ford) (route finding required) Abraham Mountain Route Abraham Slabs Climber's trail Acephale Trail Alberta Rockies 700 Alexander Henry's Trail Allstones Creek Trail Allstones Lake Trail Alternate Route Amiskwi Pass to David Thompson Heritage Trail Amiskwi Another summit view, Bow Valley this time. Keep climbing and keep writing! Grotto - heavens Chinese: 洞天 pinyin: Dongtian are a type of sacred Taoist site. For us, a summer ascent here was a novelty. And on top of that, after roughly 200 m elevation gain I completely lost the trail. View Tyler's Recording Trevor Belsher reviewed Grotto Mountain Trail August 19, 2020 Hiking Great! Route Description This is a 4500’+/- ascent day. The sun was getting low. Dinah stopped before the short cliff band, After regaining the ridge it's a walk to the summit, 230 m before the summit there's a small window, The trail runs to the summit while avoiding the cliff bands, Dinah took this shot of me on the ridge while a few hikers appear on the summit, I was reaching into my pack when Dinah took a photo of me on the summit, One of the girls on top was kind enough to take this photo. Summit view looking towards Lac des Arcs area. The ACC route allows us to bag the false summit and traverse the ridge to the main summit (conditions permitting). The huge mass of Grotto Mountain towering above the Bow Valley has a route up the sloping west flank that is a laborious ascent to the northwest ridge on a twisting trail, followed by an interesting ridgewalk to the summit. ( Log Out /  Grotto Mountain was not on my winter to-do-list originally, until I was ‘convinced’ by a local guy met in Grotto Canyon (who oddly enough, was Travelin’ Jones who I knew later)… He summitted this mountain in December via the “direct route”. Grotto Mountain (D irect R oute) Kananaskis, Alberta March 13, 2004 Grotto Mountain provides a good workout in early season when other peaks are still snowbound. I’m not a climber, but this is a cool site! Grotto Mountain is a mountain located in the Bow River valley, across from Canmore, Alberta, Canada.It is a popular hiking spot among locals and is home to the Rat's Nest Cave. Grotto Mountain standard scramble route. This was however the first time I’ve done the complete loop, ascending the ACC route, and descending the hard route. Hike / scramble up Grotto Mountain, by Canmore, on blustery day. But it wasn’t too dark by the time I made back to parking lot. With the day already drifting into the afternoon, I needed something that was local, reasonably quick, and wouldn't require any additional research on my part. This route starts at the Alpine Club of Canada clubhouse and stays to the left of the large gully. You can also see Mount Aylmer. Very enjoyable to read. And although I posted the direct route, I thought I should add the easiest route, the ACC (Alpine Club of Canada) route. I didn’t stay on the ridge during ascending, instead I traversed around several false summits on west slope which actually led to more interesting terrain. Looking North towards Mount Lady MacDonald and Charles Stewart South. From there, a lengthy trail runs up a scree slope to the rocky ridge. A few minutes into the run, a junction will have you branch off to the West Ridge route on Grotto Mountain. Left in the foreground is Cougar Peak. ” It’s largely just a hike and starts a short distance below the ACC clubhouse in Canmore. June 30, 2018. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Abstract Tried to drive to Blackstone Gap but had to dig the truck out of the snow twice. Beyond that, it's a straightforward ridgewalk to the base of the pointy summit. Grotto Mountain - ACC Route | Kananaskis Trails. Too bad I went off-route again, and wasted about 1 hour here. On the first false summit. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. At tree line, the trail narrows to the false summit. Kananaskis, Alberta Some bushwhacking was also involved and as I slowly gaining elevation the post-holing had become knee deep. Check in with the folks at the ACC before parking in the Clubhouse parking lot. On the skyline L to R: Mount Townsend, Epic Tower, Mythic Tower, and Little Mythic Tower. The best views of Canmore and of the Three Sisters from across the valley! Note this elevation gain is almost the same as Cascade Mountain’s. However, the 1425 m elevation gain makes it a demanding ascent even in summer time. ( Log Out /  There are two main scrambling routes: Northwest Variation - from the ACC clubhouse, ascends the northwest side of the mountain on a good hiking trail. The mountain was named for a grotto-like cave within it. Having reached the summit before, she didn't feel shortchanged. The official trailhead is 100 m up the road, but there's a flagged shortcut behind the dumpster. ( Log Out /  I retraced my footprints once entering the woods and I couldn’t believe I made the trail all the way to the treeline. Report on a Scramble trip Grotto Mtn via ACC clubhouse route on 2020-08-04 The party engaged in a lively discussion of local and world affairs while enjoying a leisurely hike and View of Grotto Mountain from the parking area. It rockets straight up before easing into switchbacks. Given its sheer size, its accessibility in Canmore's backyard, and being mostly a trail hike, it's no wonder Grotto Mountain attracts many hikers. Grotto Mountain - Canmore Grotto Mountain Scramble: Class 1 – Steep Hiking, Nice Ridge Walk Altitude: 2,706m (8,876 ft) Elevation Gain: 1,425m (4,674 ft) Ascent Time: 3 – 4 1/2 Hours Best Season to Scramble: Mid-May to October, relatively little snow on the This is the second time I’ve climbed this mountain (the first time was via the ACC route), and both times my calves were killing me on the way up. On the other side of the creekbed, we turned left and followed it until it naturally went up to the right as we were getting closer to that huge cliff band surrounding the canyon. More road detail to follow. Grotto Mountain is just outside of Canmore, Alberta, with it’s trail head starting right by the Alpine club. True summit is on right. We also ascended Meda Mountain on this trip. There is still a decent amount up high. Second sign, right again (Grotto Mountain trail) loosing some more of elevation and reaching the creekbed. Even though I tried to run down, I was forced to watch sunset on the mountain again. ( Log Out /  No rappel is necessary. The trail then crosses over and briefly runs below the ridge on the left side before returning to the crest. Grotto Traverse is a very strenuous scramble from the Rats Nest Cave Parking to the summit is 1450m. Abstract An exploration to the valley South of Mount Balinhard in the hopes of finding a scramble route up Mount Balinhard. No Place For A Friend 90 m, 5.9 R. Baillie & M. Toft, June 1983 This route climbs the left side of the buttress, passing a prominent treed ledge at just over half height. This was my first scramble in 2012, done on my 19th birthday. Distance 10.6 km return, height gain 1381 m, very strenuous. Bow Valley from above treeline. I was already exhausted now…, Going towards the first of many false summits. Now I was practically exhausted but since the Rockies is such a long drive from Edmonton I had to figure something else out to do for the next few days. But even here, there's a trail going to the top. I took a few photos and then quickly returned to join Dinah. Start an unrelenting steep ascent here and stay on the edge of this ridge (canyon to your left). Looking back towards the summit form the descent, Retracing my steps down the forested slope. This was however the first time I’ve done the complete loop, ascending the ACC route, and descending the hard route. This is the most direct route up to the summit of Grotto Mountain, albeit a steep plod. We went the ACC route so I can’t speak to what the scrambling portion is like on the loop. A few minutes after starting out, we took a right fork that dips down before going back up, The trail dips briefly into a lush forest, After this, the trail begins a steep climb, The climb relaxes when switchbacks kick in, Above the treeline there's a long trail in scree. Can someone send me a photo or 2 of Grotto Mountain showing the ACC and direct route and the peak? Grotto Mountain - ACC Route 10.6 km return 1381 m Canmore Area Middle Sister 17.2 km return 1414 m Canmore Area Mount Allan from the north 22.2 km return 1441 m Bow Valley Mount Collembola Traverse 22.1 km return 1685 m Bow Valley Mount "Goats of Grotto", as it is called by local runners, starts on the Horseshoe loop. Moreover, it enjoys a long climbing season. There are three routes to the top of Grotto Mountain. 11.42 km, 1378 meter vertical, 5 hours 36 minutes. There are five routes I have called them #1 A.C.C. Zooming-in towards Fairholme Range. It features steep Indeed, even though Dinah and I have climbed Grotto a few times, it was always in winter conditions. Grotto Mountain – 423 Follow ledges down to the left. The first one was the trail to the direct route, bigger and flagged. Although I successfully summitted this mountain, I should say, I was neither physically nor mentally ready for this ascent. I went off-route here, and wasted about 20 minutes. As I roamed the clubhouse looking at rusted crampons, ... deep below the surface of Grotto Mountain alpine caves twist and turn in an intestinal-like network that reaches far into the bowels of the Earth’s crust. Given its sheer size, its accessibility in Canmore's backyard, and being mostly a trail hike, it's no wonder Grotto Mountain attracts many hikers. Elevation) : 2,706m - 산행높이 Hi Steve. I had to take my ice axe out for a snow slope crossing. Everything looks small from here. Grotto Mountain wasn't particularly on my list of “must-dos” for this summer, but bad weather stretching from Saskatchewan River Crossing through Banff had sent me running eastward to Canmore. There follow signs to The Alpine Club of Canada. The decision was made to attempt Mt. However, we'd noticed yesterday that while many mountains had received a few inches of fresh snow Friday night, Grotto Mountain outside Canmore had been largely spared and what had been there in … We got lot's of great beta and photos. June 30, 2018. -----We will be going up Grotto using the ACC route. Calgary-based hiking, scrambling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing club. She had recovered, so we headed back down. The first one was the trail to the direct route, bigger and flagged. I could see flaggings here and there but I had to break my own trail. I've been up it a few times using both the ACC route and the direct route. 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