Grotto Mountain Trip Report (#19097)
- Signed By: Dow Williams
- Date submitted: February 14, 2006
- Number of People Encountered:0-10 people
- Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Park at the Alpine Club in Canmore. Walk down the road to a trail on your left. Proceed east enough to line up with the right side of the canyon cut deep into the mountain. Start an unrelenting steep ascent here and stay on the edge of this ridge (Direct Route). Eventually you will clear the tree line at 7300'. Since I went early in the season, I strapped on my crampons and knocked out 1100' straight up hooking into a southwest ridge that leads to the summit. There is a summit register. It was cold and windy at the top this day, even a little stormy. There is a summit register. I then descended by traversing west towards Cougar Canyon (Northwest Route). This route affords you great views of Lady Macdonald's summit ridge. As you near the end, angle back down easterly and catch a steep switchback trail made by the Alpine Club. Stay far enough to the west to avoid any dramatic rock bands. Basically this trip formed a triangle circuit, giving one a great ridge hike at 8500' with dangerous cornices on your right. Saw no humans this day. It is quiet all around this early in the season.