Mount Assiniboine

Elevation (feet): 11,870
Elevation (meters): 3,618
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Canadian Rockies
Province: Alberta/British Columbia
Latitude: 50.8667
Longitude: -115.65
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1901
First successful climber(s): James Outram, C. Bohren, C. Hasler
Nearest major airport: Calgary, Alberta
Convenient Center: Banff, Alberta

Mount Assiniboine is a spectacular isolated limestone pyramid, towering almost 5,000 feet above beautiful Lake Magog. It is sometimes referred to as the Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies. It is the highest and most dramatic of several splendid snow-covered peaks that form a V-shaped cirque just fifty miles southwest of Calgary, 25 miles due south of Banff. Flora and fauna in this area are as excellent as the peak itself. Wildflowers abound around Lake Magog, and relatively high populations of moose, deer, elk, mountain goat, elk, bighorn sheep, coyote, wolf and grizzly reside here. The entire area is enclosed within the Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, whose remoteness is preserved by its inaccessibility by road. Park access requires six hours on foot, three hours on bike, or it can be accessed by helicopter, which unfortunately is the choice of many tourists.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 22 trip reports for Mount Assiniboine.

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  • Log #22337 - by ChadKnight on Aug 10, 2012
    Perfect weather. Day 1- Shark parking lot to the hut. Day 2- Hut to peak to parking lot. Lonnnnnng Day 2, should have stayed another night.
  • Log #20954 - by Mike Troschuk on Aug 14, 2007
    Danny Gallagher and I didn't set any records but still had a tonne of fun, even had a shower on the way down!
  • Log #20488 - by Dow Williams on Nov 14, 2006
    This completes the big three of Kananaskis vis solo ascents, Mount Joffre, Mount Sir Douglas and Mount Assiniboine. All three are relativley easy climbs, but Assiniboine the easiest for sure. 8200'...
  • Log #18966 - by Danny Gallagher on Feb 14, 2006
    Mike Troschuk and I blasted up the South Face, 13hrs round trip...from the bivi! heh, tons of fun though, and stellar weather to boot. The only two sunny days all summer.
  • Log #240 - by Louis Gagnon on Sep 28, 2004
    20 years ago in banf ,Alberta , I purchased a t shirt with the Mont Assiniboine on . I told my self then one day I will be their ... This day was august 31 . after 7 days waiting the good day , I...
  • Log #241 - by Pawel Krol on Aug 02, 2004
    Bad conditions on summit this year, slow snow melt. As info from Hind Hut... last party to summit took 19h00 from the hut (in the 17/07/04 week - only them to make it up to summit that week) Knowing...
  • Log #242 - by Rich on Sep 08, 2003
    Good conditions allowed for an easier climb. Had to abort a previous attempt due to poor weather. Felt good to finally make it up.
  • Log #243 - by Wyoming Bob on Aug 25, 2003
    Herve said it best, dry conditions. We took a bit longer at 14 hours but made it to the top as well. Wholly different conditions from almost the same time last year. Regardless an enjoyable and...
  • Log #244 - by HervĂ© Berho on Aug 21, 2003
    Summited on August 6, 2003. MOnutain wasvery dry and the Rock very loose. Great Climb, great weather and great folks.
  • Log #245 - by Robert Zeithammer on July 15, 2003
    Still lots of snow. Plan for a long and scary day... Three summits so far this year, two by Yamnuska guides and one by our relatively inexperienced party. If you want to climb the peak in the...
  • Log #247 - by Climbing with Bob on Aug 24, 2002
    21 climbers in 8 groups all attempting an alpine start on a climb featuring snow, a touch of verglas and enough loose rock to make the morning interesting. First out at 4 a.m., last group back around...
  • Log #248 - by John Moors on Aug 10, 2002
    The British Columbia Govt. and ALL the wardens both past and present ( above and below the pass ) have done a fantastic job of keeping our Mt. Assiniboine Park resource clean and such a precious...
  • Log #249 - by DARIAN on Aug 03, 2002
  • Log #250 - by Kevin Nash on July 24, 2002
    A very loose climb/scramble! But fabulous situation.. first ascent in 2002 according to the Assiniboine Lodge. 4hrs up in cloud 3hrs descent in glorious sunshine. Soloed all one rap through red band...
  • Log #251 - by Troy Dooley & Mark Bramble on July 23, 2002
    Took a Helicopter to the lodge (found the hike up boring last time) and stayed at the climbing hut over night. departed the hut at 4am and summited in about 7hrs via North Ridge with a detour to the...
  • Log #253 - by Steve Beaulieu on Jan 16, 2002
    Soloed Assiniboine with my wife Michelle. a great trip, beautiful mountain-a true Rocky Mountain classic climb. There were no cooking facilities in the hut so bring a small stove! the log entry...
  • Log #254 - by Dave Baxter on Nov 17, 2000
    Summited with ACC members Peter Rowlands and Ian Hyslop at 11:29am August 18, 2000. We also summited Mt. Lunnette on the same day.
  • Log #255 - by George Bell on Aug 07, 2000
    North Ridge was in perfect condition, no snow except for the approach. From the hut, we blazed up in 2.5 hrs, spent a leisurely half hour on top, and then descended in 2 hours. Didn't belay on the...
  • Log #256 - by Geoff Ruttan on Feb 22, 2000
    Assiniboine is a fantastic peak. Rising way above any of the surrounding peaks it creates an amazing setting. Check on the conditions before going in. In cold, winter years the rock bands can ice up...
  • Log #257 - by JORDI ROSET I LLOBET on Feb 17, 2000
    I love this mountain. It was a nice climb in a beatifull days. The hardest is the first day aprox. 27Kms walking, but in a pretty forest.
  • Log #258 - by Alan Kane on Jan 25, 2000
    Beautiful peak. If dry, (about August) much of the north ridge above the hut is a scramble, with about 1 ropelength of 5.5. The first ascent route is easier and you can drive close to it on the south...
  • Log #260 - by David Campbell on Mar 08, 1999
    1998 was a perfect year. There was no snow on the mountain and the North Face was only 4th class.