Cougar Peak (Canmore)

Trip Category: 
SC - Scrambling
Interesting Facts: 

Named by Bob Spirko in 2001 after the approach creek.

Technical Difficulty Level: 
6
Endurance Level: 
High
YDS Class: 
3rd Class

Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Saturday, May 12, 2018

On Saturday, May 12 2018, Wietse and I managed to summit a peak that's been on my to-do list for quite a few years now. Over the years, since Bob Spirko first published an easy scrambling route to its summit, Cougar Peak (in the Fairholme Range rather than in the North Highwood) has slowly become a surprisingly popular Spring objective for people like me, eager to bag something more than a front range bump when many other deeper range peaks are still plastered in a mushy white coat of unpredictability.

 


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Summit Elevation (m): 
2,643
Elevation Gain (m): 
1300
Round Trip Time: 
8.00
Total Distance (km): 
18.50
Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 3 : you fall, you break your leg
Difficulty Notes: 

No real difficulties for seasoned scramblers. Beginners could find some sections a bit exposed or loose. Very different with snow - avalanche terrain and exposure.