Summit Elevation (m): 1870
Elevation Gain (m): 450
Round Trip Time (hr): 2
Total Trip Distance (km): 4
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2 – you fall, you tripped over your own feet
Difficulty Notes: Steep hiking on loose scree, some light bushwhacking and route finding.
Technical Rating: OT3; YDS (Hiking)
Map: Google Maps
On Saturday, September 11 2010 I climbed to my 260th summit with my 9 year old son, Niko. The fact that we got to do this short scramble together as part of a special father-son weekend makes this a peak that I’ll remember for a long time. What else can I say? It’s short, steep and loose. You get to enjoy the sounds of gunshots and ATV’s and you get to enjoy the sight of recent logging too! On a more serious note, you do get great views of the Crowsnest Pass area including full-on shots of Crowsnest Mountain.
I followed the directions as outlined in a local pamphlet we picked up on “hikes in the Crowsnest Pass” at the Frank Slide visitor information center. A bit clearer: Take a right turn (heading west) from Hwy #3 onto 61st on the west end of Coleman. Take an immediate right turn onto 22ave and then another immediate left onto 23ave. 23 ave turns north, follow this for about 2km or so. You’ll eventually come into a clearing after crossing a cattle gate. It’s a large, obvious clearing. Park almost immediately upon entering this clearing. Wedge Mountain has been the obvious peak to your right. (We parked at N49 39 21, W114 32 6) The easiest thing to do is go to a Google map for Coleman before your trip and scope it out. Wedge Mountain is at N49 40 8, W114 31 32.