Mount Bogart

Featured photo of Mount Bogart

Mount Bogart is the second highest peak in the Kananaskis Range located in Kananaskis Provincial Park on the eastern bank of the Canadian Rockies. Therefore, it is one of the most impressive peaks as viewed from Highway 40 heading south (Kananaskis Highway) and holds more snow and ice than the neighboring mountains. Mount Bogart was officially named in 1928 after a geologist who was one of the first scientists to study the Rockies. However, it was also unofficially named The Pyramid due to its triangular summit. Mount Bogart is connected via a northern long ridge to Mount Sparrowhawk, a popular scramble/back country ski mountain accessed via the Spray Lake Reservoir.

Mount Bogart’s summit can be easily viewed from the Kananaskis Village turnoff of Highway 40. The route however takes you on a long approach toward the south side of the mountain via Ribbon Creek Trail. The only published route is a long moderate to difficult scramble (depending on snow and ice conditions). It is a 5500’+/- ascent day more than likely encountering strong, if not voracious, winds.

Getting There

Take the Kananaskis Trial (Highway 40) exit off of the Trans-Canada Highway between Calgary and Canmore. Travel 23.4 km south on Highway 40 and turn right into Kananaskis Village and follow the signs to the Ribbon Creek parking lot. Take your bike for the long approach.

Red Tape

There are no permit requirements to enter, climb and/or park in Kananaskis Country. 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

This can be a harsh mountain and is therefore a summer scramble. Try from late June through September. I climbed the mountain in October and faced considerable ice.

Camping

You can make this a long day trip or sleep in style at the Ribbon Creek Hostel, just walking distance to the trail head. Or really go all out and stay at the posh Delta Lodge in Kananaskis Village. There are campgrounds available as well, including a very nice campsite 11 km in route, Ribbon Falls. You cannot camp outside of the marked specific camping areas in Kananaskis. Refer to the Kananaskis Provincial Park website for more information regarding camping or lodging.

Mountain Conditons

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.

Elevation (feet): 10,315
Elevation (meters): 3,144
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Canadian Rockies
Province: Alberta
Latitude: 50.9083
Longitude: -115.242
Difficulty: Scramble
Nearest major airport: Calgary, Alberta
Convenient Center: Canmore, Alberta

Thanks to David Crawshay for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

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

There are 2 trip reports for Mount Bogart.

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  • Log #19118 - by Dow Williams on Feb 14, 2006
    BRING YOUR BIKE and park at the Ribbon Creek parking lot at Kananaskis Village. Bike in on the wide path picking up 500' gain and 5 km. There is a bike rack at the end of this wide trail. Continue on...
  • Log #13870 - by Bruce Dunbar on Feb 15, 2002
    This was our second attempt of the year 2001 and this time we made it and spent the night on the summit under a calm, clear and star filled sky. The first attempt was made in late May which proved to...