Mount Baldy

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To do Baldy itself is just a gloried hike. The traverse of all three peaks makes for a full scramble. From the summit you have an overview of Barrier lake and the surrounding peaks. During the Second World War there was a prison camp nearby and prisoners were allowed to climb this peak as a day trip if they promised to return.

Getting There- From Calgary take the Trans Canada Highway to the exit for the Kananaskis trail, Highway 40. Head south for approx 13 km. After the Barrier Lake Picnic area (at the south end of the lake) start looking on your left for a small stream. Once you see it you can pull off the road on the left into a small area big enough for 4-5 cars or carry on 50 yards and park off the road in a larger area to your right.

When To Climb- Usually the summer months. From April till sometimes as late as November. Snow conditions would dictate climbing at other times.

Mountain Conditions- Kananaskis Provincial Park, Barrier Lake Information Centre, Phone (403) 673-3985 (toll free in Alberta 310-0000), The Alpine Club of Canada (403) 678-3200, ext 1

Route- Scramble up a trail to the west ridge. It took me 1 hour and 15 minutes to the summit. There is a register. I then traversed to the middle peak. Some exposed down climbing here. Then on to the SW peak. This is the crux of the three summit traverse. Up climbing was not bad, but down climbing takes some skill. Just return to the col between the middle and SW summit and head back out through the drainage.

I enjoyed a large spruce grouse on the way to the summit and solid views of Mount Lougheed Traverse, Mount Kidd and Bogart as well as The Wedge to the south.

Elevation (feet): 7,192
Elevation (meters): 2,192
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Canadian Rockies
Province: Alberta
Latitude: 51.012135
Longitude: -115.049515
Difficulty: Scramble
Nearest major airport: Calgary International
Convenient Center: Calgary 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 9 trip reports for Mount Baldy.

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  • Log #20802 - by Adrian Bullock on June 05, 2007
    I have a crazy, yet stupid story to tell y'all. So I'm going out on a hiking adventure yesterday after the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) walk, all I wanted was a nice leisure hike up Mount Baldy. There...
  • Log #20434 - by Jodi on Oct 14, 2006
    It was the most funnest thing I have ever done. I have never summited a mountain before in my life until Mount Baldy. It was awesome, I can't wait until I can do it again. It was a little scary for...
  • Log #19082 - by Dow Williams on Feb 14, 2006
    To do Baldy itself is just a gloried hike. The traverse of all three peaks makes for a full scramble. From the summit you have an overview of Barrier lake and the surrounding peaks. During the Second...
  • Log #18583 - by Brad Beauchamp on Oct 10, 2004
    One of my first climbs. We made the mistake of ascending way too late in the day....about 6:15pm. The trip up was great, especially climbing over the gendarme.
  • Log #18584 - by nicole leduc on Sep 22, 2004
    it was amazing and i really enjoyed talking with the gentlemen that does the fire lookout.
  • Log #18585 - by Shelby Ruten on July 24, 2004
    This was my first summit ever. The hiking part isn't the greatest, but the scramble was awesome. View is great...just make sure you're in OK shape before you attempt this one :)
  • Log #18586 - by John Rothers on Dec 22, 2003
    Definitively a beautiful experience. Begin climbing at 9:00 am. and after a few stops for recovery, finally sumitted the first peak at 14:00 hours. Settled the "camp" which was basically a...
  • Log #18587 - by Benjamin Wilkinson on Dec 22, 2003
    A wonderful Hike: six to eight hours up, three to four down. For those of you not used to such a rapid gain in altitude, be sure to stay very well hydrated. Not to mention, have some aspirin for the...
  • Log #18589 - by Tim L. Helmer on Oct 19, 2003
    This is an excellent scramble in the Canadian Rockies near Calgary Alberta. The ridge has a few exposed spots but is otherwise easy. One of the obstacles (gendarme) can be avoided by going another...