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Tomahawk Mountain

Trip Date: Saturday, June 29 2019
Reference Trip: Three Passes Route
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2- you fall, you sprain something.
Difficulty Notes: An easy scramble from Tomahawk Pass via west slopes.
Technical Rating: SC5; YDS (Hiking)
GPS Track: Download
Map: Google Maps


After enjoying a nice supper break at our Tomahawk Pass bivy site, Joanna, Phil and I set off up the easy looking western slopes of Tomahawk Mountain. We were hoping for a nice evening ascent with the fading light. At this point in our day we were feeling the 31+ km of walking, 14km of biking and 2100m of height gain from our approach to Tomahawk Pass and ascent of Wapiti Mountain.

Hiking to the easy west slopes of Tomahawk Mountain from the pass.

The weather was gorgeous as we ascended easy alpine meadows and scree slopes to a false summit over the pass. The wind had died down substantially from earlier and the sun was still playing hide and seek on the brilliantly green meadows in the surrounding valleys and small ponds and tarns at the pass below.

Incredible lighting over Tomahawk Pass as we ascend the easy west slopes of Tomahawk Mountain. The mountain rising west of the pass is unnamed.
Incredible lighting over Tomahawk Pass, looking down Tyrrell Creek at left.

The ascent was easy and straightforward and within 1.5 hours of leaving our bivy at Tomahawk Pass we were at its namesake  summit with stunning views in every direction in the dying light of a long summer day. As Joanna enjoyed her second summit wine of the day, I took photos of many familiar and unfamiliar surrounding peaks including unfamiliar east faces of well known summits such as Willingdon and a mean looking cloud covered Cataract Peak. Closer summits such as Wapiti, Forbidden, Wellsite, Scalp, Tyrrell, Condor, Peters and Whelk stole the show. 

Ascending the easy and very scenic west slopes of Tomahawk Mountain. Views south down Tyrrell Creek.
Phil and Joanna approach the summit of Tomahawk Mountain (R).
Views west include l to r, St. Bride, Douglas, Temple, Drummond, McConnell, Boar Station, Cataract, Deluc, Smokey, Willingdon Group, Harris, Condor, Peters, Mamen, Dodo, Whelk and part of Forbidden Peak on the right.
Incredible late day lighting over the Tomahawk Pass area looking to Wapiti Mountain at left and Melanin Peak at center distance.

Daylight was fading as we started our descent to camp at around 21:30. Early summer trips have so much daylight – very handy for traveling long distances. The descent back to Tomahawk Pass went quickly with no issues and soon we were back at our bivy.

Tomahawk Mountain
Hiking to the easy west slopes of Tomahawk Mountain from the pass.
Hiking to the easy west slopes of Tomahawk Mountain from the pass.
Incredible lighting over Tomahawk Pass.
Incredible lighting over Tomahawk Pass.
Ascending the west slopes of Tomahawk Mountain.
Ascending the west slopes of Tomahawk Mountain.
Incredible lighting over Tomahawk Pass.
Incredible lighting over Tomahawk Pass.
Melanin Peak.
Melanin Peak.
Views north between Condor and Peters at left and Forbidden at right.
Views north between Condor and Peters at left and Forbidden at right.
Ascending the west slopes of Tomahawk Mountain.
Ascending the west slopes of Tomahawk Mountain.
A group of rams runs past me on the west ascent slopes of Tomahawk Mountain.
A group of rams runs past me on the west ascent slopes of Tomahawk Mountain.
A group of rams runs past me on the west ascent slopes of Tomahawk Mountain.
A group of rams runs past me on the west ascent slopes of Tomahawk Mountain.
Dramatic lighting on Dodo Peak with Hatter to its right.
Dramatic lighting on Dodo Peak with Hatter to its right.
Incredible late day lighting over the Tomahawk Pass area looking to the eastern Banff ranges.
Incredible late day lighting over the Tomahawk Pass area looking to the eastern Banff ranges.
Ascending to the summit of Tomahawk Mountain in gorgeous late evening light.
Ascending to the summit of Tomahawk Mountain in gorgeous late evening light.
Views back over Tomahawk Pass (L) with Condor Peak and Mount Peters at right.
Views back over Tomahawk Pass (L) with Condor Peak and Mount Peters at right.
Phil and Joanna approach the summit (R).
Phil and Joanna approach the summit (R).
Late day lighting from the summit of Tomahawk Mountain looking east and south. Wapiti Mountain at R.
Late day lighting from the summit of Tomahawk Mountain looking east and south. Wapiti Mountain at R.
Incredible late day lighting over the Tomahawk Pass area looking to the eastern Banff ranges.
Incredible late day lighting over the Tomahawk Pass area looking to the eastern Banff ranges.
L-R includes St. Bride, Douglas, McConnell, Boar Station, Cataract, Bellow, Condor, Peters.
L-R includes St. Bride, Douglas, McConnell, Boar Station, Cataract, Bellow, Condor, Peters.
Wapiti Mountain from Tomahawk Mountain.
Wapiti Mountain from Tomahawk Mountain.
Whelk Peak with late evening lighting.
Whelk Peak with late evening lighting.
Views over Mount Peters towards, Mamen (L), Cheshire, Caterpillar, Dormouse and Dodo (R).
Views over Mount Peters towards, Mamen (L), Cheshire, Caterpillar, Dormouse and Dodo (R).
The east face of Mount Harris is impressive.
The east face of Mount Harris is impressive.
Cataract Peak is buried in clouds with Little Cataract at right.
Cataract Peak is buried in clouds with Little Cataract at right.
Mount St. Bride and Douglas are huge peaks even from here.
Mount St. Bride and Douglas are huge peaks even from here.
Mount McConnell catches late day light.
Mount McConnell catches late day light.
Views past Mount White to Cuthead Peak.
Views past Mount White to Cuthead Peak.
Melanin Peak.
Melanin Peak.
Puma Mountain.
Puma Mountain.
Sira Peak catches late day lighting at distant center.
Sira Peak catches late day lighting at distant center.
Whelk Peak rises over a western outlier of Forbidden Mountain.
Whelk Peak rises over a western outlier of Forbidden Mountain.
Condor and Peters at center with Whelk at far right and Mamen and Dodo in the far distance.
Condor and Peters at center with Whelk at far right and Mamen and Dodo in the far distance.
Wapiti Mountain.
Wapiti Mountain.
Descending Tomahawk with Forbidden Mountain at center.
Descending Tomahawk with Forbidden Mountain at center.
Late evening lighting over the eastern Banff ranges.
Late evening lighting over the eastern Banff ranges.
Descending Tomahawk Mountain to the pass.
Descending Tomahawk Mountain to the pass.
A large ram on Tomahawk Mountain.
A large ram on Tomahawk Mountain.
A large ram on Tomahawk Mountain.
A large ram on Tomahawk Mountain.

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