The Wedge

Elevation (feet): 8,700
Elevation (meters): 2,652
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Canadian Rockies
Province: Alberta
Latitude: 50.850391
Longitude: -115.135174
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Calgary
Convenient Center: Canmore, Alberta

Thanks to Rob Ellis and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

The Wedge is a distinctive peak located in Kananaskis Country, Kananaskis Provincial Park of the southern Canadian Rockies. It is located close to Kananaskis Highway (40) between the Fisher and Opal mountain ranges. Its official name is descriptive of the mountain as its summit is shaped like a carpenter’s wedge. The Wedge should not to be confused with Wedge Mountain located in the Crowsnest River Valley.

The Wedge offers a variety of steep technical routes on its west side. The published scramble route utilizes the northwest ridge and face. This is not a remarkable scramble, but does give up decent ridge views.

Getting There

Take the Kananaskis Trial (Highway 40) exit off of the Trans-Canada Highway between Calgary and Canmore. Travel 30 km south on Highway 40 and turn left into the Wedge Pond day use area.

Red Tape

There are no permit requirements to enter, climb and/or park in Kananaskis Provincial Park. This is active grizzly country however. Take bear spray. You drive by the park headquarters on the way in on Highway 40. Any recent notices will be posted on the bulletin board outside. If they are open, check in with the ranger staff, they have tons of beta and are always friendly.

When To Climb

As with most scrambles in the Canadian Rockies, the driest time is from June through September. I climbed The Wedge in June when much snow still covered other prospects in the area. There are no published backcountry ski routes on the mountain, nor would it be conducive to ski.


The closest camping is across Hwy 40 at the Eau Claire Campground. You cannot camp outside of the marked specific camping areas in Kananaskis. Refer to the Kananaskis Provincial Park website for more information regarding camping and/or lodging.

Mountain Conditions

The Kananaskis Provincial Park website is a very thorough park website, including trail conditions or closures, wildlife notices, weather conditions, avalanche conditions, camping permits, whitewater conditions, etc. It is an excellent source if you are going to spend any time here and comparable to any National Park website I have used. Outside of the parks web site, Canadian Avalanche Association is also useful, particularly for winter travel.

Trip Reports

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

There are 2 trip reports for The Wedge.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #19421 - by Dow Williams on Sep 27, 2006
    No one else on the route. Quiet outing. Totally peaceful, low ceiling, no wind at the summit. A quick day when everything else is out of shape.
  • Log #18208 - by stewart graham on Oct 18, 2004
    Solo North Arete. 3-1/2 hrs. up from hut in great conditions. Return via tourist route to avoid soft snow.