Summit Elevation (m): 2437
Trip Date: Friday, August 27, 2004
Round Trip Time (hr): Unknown
Elevation Gain (m): 1000
Total Trip Distance (km): 14
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2 – you fall, you sprain something
Difficulty Notes: Mostly hiking and easy scrambling with some loose terrain and minor exposure to the top.
Technical Rating: OT3; YDS (Hiking)
Map: Google Maps
Niko’s first summit! While Hanneke and KC were gone to Manitoba for a wedding, Niko and I hiked his first mountain on a nice sunny, warm 30 degree day in August. The hike to Moose Mountain is only marginally fun but that could be due to having a 35 pound kid on my back the whole way up (and down)!! I just don’t really like long hikes along roads under a baking sun. The surface is too hard and I tend to get sore feet on it which makes me grumpy. The worst part by far on this particular ‘road’ hike is the 100m of elevation loss within the first 30 minutes of hiking. Trust me. In 30 degree heat you really notice this on the way back to your car – whether you’re biking or walking!
The uninspiring hike does eventually become more and more interesting as you get nearer to Moose Mountains summit. You have an excellent view from the top and the fire lookout folks are very nice. We even managed to score some ice-cold water melon! I would recommend doing this classic hike once. I doubt you’ll repeat it any time soon with so many other opportunities out there.