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Fullerton, Mount

Summit Elevation (m): 2728
Trip Date: Monday, September 20, 2004
Round Trip Time (hr): 14.5
Elevation Gain (m): 1100
Total Trip Distance (km): 26
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2/3 – you fall, you sprain or break something
Difficulty Notes: A long day trip involving easy to moderate scrambling depending largely on route choice and conditions.
Technical Rating: SC6; YDS (3rd)
Map: Google Maps


If you haven’t done Fullerton or Fable make sure you don’t do these two mountains in the same year. If you’ve done Fable and you thought it was a long approach you better psych yourself up pretty good for Fullerton or you won’t make it! Fullerton is a wonderful scramble once you actually get up onto the mountain proper. Just getting near the base will cost you about 8km though. That’s one way. To the base. We did this mountain on a beautiful day when just Fullerton and the Nihahi Ridge traverse were in sunlight and everything else was under cloud and rain. We also did this mountain the worst possible way. We didn’t bring bikes and we even walked an extra 1.2 km because we didn’t check if the far parking lot at Elbow was open (which it was)!

Mount Fullerton Route Map

I would recommend biking to the Nihahi Creek trailhead and maybe even biking up the switch backing trail 100m till you get to the creek. Depending on your biking ability you could probably bike almost the entire way. Of course we didn’t bike and the walk seemed very long. Actually according to my GPS the walk was long. We walked around 26km to do this scramble. When you get to the drainage you still have a long way to go till the ridge (took us an hour).

Once on the ridge the scrambling is fantastic and almost makes up for the long walk in. On the summit you have great views of other scrambles in the Elbow Valley. On the way down we did the alternate gully and although it was OK, it really isn’t any better then the long walk up. I certainly wouldn’t recommend going up this way due to large, unstable scree for a lot of the way. I do recommend this scramble because of the fun ridge scrambling but don’t recommend walking the whole way and I also wouldn’t do it on a really hot day, that valley would be scorching hot and would get old fast.

Mount Fullerton
We've turned off the Little Elbow Trail and are now getting into the Nihahi Creek Valley.
We've turned off the Little Elbow Trail and are now getting into the Nihahi Creek Valley.
Finally done the initial approach along the Little Elbow River trail and now we're walking up Nihahi Creek
Finally done the initial approach along the Little Elbow River trail and now we're walking up Nihahi Creek
The Nihahi Creek Valley.
The Nihahi Creek Valley.
The turnoff from Nihahi Creek to the NE drainage.
The turnoff from Nihahi Creek to the NE drainage.
We are now officially scrambling up Fullerton - many hours into our day already.
We are now officially scrambling up Fullerton - many hours into our day already.
The NE drainage / gully.
The NE drainage / gully.
The NE drainage / gully.
The NE drainage / gully.
The NE drainage / gully.
The NE drainage / gully.
The NE drainage / gully.
The NE drainage / gully.
Finally getting some decent views on the NE ridge. Part of Mount Howard's long east ridge in the background.
Finally getting some decent views on the NE ridge. Part of Mount Howard's long east ridge in the background.
Finally getting some decent views on the NE ridge. Part of Mount Howard's long east ridge in the background.
Finally getting some decent views on the NE ridge. Part of Mount Howard's long east ridge in the background.
Ascending the NE ridge of Fullerton.
Ascending the NE ridge of Fullerton.
Ascending the NE ridge of Fullerton.
Ascending the NE ridge of Fullerton.
Nihahi Ridge.
Nihahi Ridge.
Ascending the NE ridge of Fullerton.
Ascending the NE ridge of Fullerton.
Remus, Romulus, Black Ridge and Fisher Peak.
Remus, Romulus, Black Ridge and Fisher Peak.
Ascending the NE ridge of Fullerton.
Ascending the NE ridge of Fullerton.
Mount Howard (R).
Mount Howard (R).
Fisher Peak.
Fisher Peak.
Nihahi Ridge with Forget-me-not ridge at distant right.
Nihahi Ridge with Forget-me-not ridge at distant right.
Remus (L), Romulus, Black Ridge, Fisher Peak and Mount Howard (R).
Remus (L), Romulus, Black Ridge, Fisher Peak and Mount Howard (R).
Mount Howard (L), Compression and Nihahi Ridge (R).
Mount Howard (L), Compression and Nihahi Ridge (R).
Compression and Nihahi Ridges at left with Moose Mountain at distant center.
Compression and Nihahi Ridges at left with Moose Mountain at distant center.
Moose Mountain.
Moose Mountain.
Ed and Dave on the NE ridge.
Ed and Dave on the NE ridge.
Ed and Dave on the NE ridge.
Ed and Dave on the NE ridge.
Glasgow (L) and Cornwall (R).
Glasgow (L) and Cornwall (R).
Nihahi Ridge runs from right to left, eventually merging with Compression Ridge at the far left. Our approach valley is the entire length of Nihahi!
Nihahi Ridge runs from right to left, eventually merging with Compression Ridge at the far left. Our approach valley is the entire length of Nihahi!
Ed and Dave on the NE ridge.
Ed and Dave on the NE ridge.
Ed, Vern and Dave on the summit of Mount Fullerton.
Ed, Vern and Dave on the summit of Mount Fullerton.
Mount Remus at fg right with Glasgow and Cornwall in the distance.
Mount Remus at fg right with Glasgow and Cornwall in the distance.
Mount Romulus.
Mount Romulus.
Fisher Peak.
Fisher Peak.
Dave down climbs typical terrain on the NE ridge.
Dave down climbs typical terrain on the NE ridge.
A rainbow and Mount Howard.
A rainbow and Mount Howard.
Descending the NE ridge of Fullerton.
Descending the NE ridge of Fullerton.
Descending the NE ridge of Fullerton.
Descending the NE ridge of Fullerton.
Ed descends the NE ridge of Mount Fullerton.
Ed descends the NE ridge of Mount Fullerton.
We descended directly into the north bowl from the NE Ridge.
We descended directly into the north bowl from the NE Ridge.
We descended directly into the north bowl from the NE Ridge.
We descended directly into the north bowl from the NE Ridge.
We descended directly into the north bowl from the NE Ridge.
We descended directly into the north bowl from the NE Ridge.
We descended directly into the north bowl from the NE Ridge.
We descended directly into the north bowl from the NE Ridge.
We descended directly into the north bowl from the NE Ridge.
We descended directly into the north bowl from the NE Ridge.
We descended directly into the north bowl from the NE Ridge.
We descended directly into the north bowl from the NE Ridge.
Looking back up the north bowl.
Looking back up the north bowl.
Looking back up the north bowl.
Looking back up the north bowl.
Exiting the Nihahi Creek valley.
Exiting the Nihahi Creek valley.
Exiting the Nihahi Creek valley.
Exiting the Nihahi Creek valley.
Exiting the Nihahi Creek valley.
Exiting the Nihahi Creek valley.

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