Middle Sister

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Bike in from the Three Sisters Gate at the first turn going up to their golf course. After you bike for about 5k, you will see a sign that tells you to turn right. Leave your bike at the creek crossing. This trail has a large family of Hoary Marmots (5) at relatively low elevation, 6500'. Also ran into 6 rams using this trail on the way out, they and we were startled, thus, they bolted to the local cliffs. The Marmots appear photogenic and use to people.

There is a trail to the top. We went in early June, so we did have to know where to go. Stay to the snow all the way to the base of Big Sister and then take a sharp right creating a U turn and gain the col between Big and Middle Sister. Then keep trudging up the Middle Sister Ridge on a few steep snow fields. This could be considered a long scramble (for an easy one), but technically non-challenging. We took 3:20 to the top. There is a register. It started snowing on us while the sun shined. Still, it was fabulous weather for June, not too hot, not too cold.

Elevation (feet): 9,085
Elevation (meters): 2,769
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Canadian Rockies
Province: Alberta
Latitude: 51.021854
Longitude: -115.341167
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1921
First successful climber(s): M B Morrow
Nearest major airport: Calgary International
Convenient Center: Canmore Alberta

Thanks to Dow Williams for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

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

There are 8 trip reports for Middle Sister.

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  • Log #19112 - by Dow Williams on Feb 14, 2006
    Bike in from the Three Sisters Gate at the first turn going up to their golf course. After you bike for about 5k, you will see a sign that tells you to turn right. Leave your bike at the creek...
  • Log #18947 - by Kay and Gary Anderson, Jane Heinrich on July 18, 2005
    There was alot of low fog the morning we started. It was disorienting. We were unable to see the mountains for quite a while. Ended up not taking the correct path at one point.
  • Log #18546 - by Alex on Oct 19, 2004
    An easy scramble but quite long also. The hardest part was finding where to park. Just before Canmore turn off highway number 1 and park at the base of the hill before you reach the golf course. Then...
  • Log #18547 - by Marcey Rhyne on Sep 24, 2004
    We are such idiots. Left toward the Obsidian Limited Entry area (yes with a ridiculously hard to get pass) around 7am dressed like we were going for a "light hike". Five cold hours later we...
  • Log #18548 - by DARIAN on July 18, 2004
    A fine scramble Via stuart creek, Alougth rated an easy scramble the gullly seems long, No problems. Excellent views of Canmore...
  • Log #18549 - by DARIAN on July 18, 2004
    Great scramble via stuart creek, Altough rated easy, The gully semms long, no real problems on the way up ... excellent views of Canmore ...
  • Log #18550 - by Tim Bedford on Nov 26, 2003
    Hiked into Camp Lake area and set up camp beneath the shadow of South Sister. The next morning we followed the rocky SE ridge all the way to the summit. Views from the top were incredible.
  • Log #18551 - by Tim Helmer on Oct 11, 2003
    Middle Sister is near Canmore Alberta in the Canadian Rockies. Well It's about time that I dealt with this troublesome sister. It's been 718.5 days since my first attempt was cancelled due to snow...