Mount Baldy

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.

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.

Thanks to Dow Williams for this description.