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Saskatoon Mountain

Summit Elevation (m): 1817
Trip Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Elevation Gain (m): 485
Round Trip Time (hrs): 2.5
Total Trip Distance (km): 8
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2 – you fall, you sprain your thumb
Difficulty Notes: No difficulties. There are some confusing intersections of trails but as long as you keep going up and generally north you should be fine.
Technical Rating: TL2; YDS (Hiking)
Map: Google Maps


I used to scoff at the idea of hiking Saskatoon Mountain. The fact that it was our “twofer” peak on Saturday, April 25 2020 goes to show that you should never scoff too loudly at minor objectives. You never know when they get added to your list thanks to a global pandemic and very late spring melt. After hiking Loop Ridge in only around 3.5 hours earlier in the day we turned our sights towards a small and hopefully dry objective for the afternoon. Rain was in the forecast and was obviously moving in over the Divide as we drove into the small Crowsnest town of Coleman and into an empty Flumerfelt Park and the trailhead for the Miners’ Path and start of our hike. Surprisingly there were zero Covid-19 signs in the park and it felt like any other spring day with two people playing tennis and another hiker on the trail just in front of us.

Saskatoon Mountain Route Map

I’d last been up the Miners’ Path a decade ago with Niko on a father / son trip in 2010 when we also hiked the nearby Wedge Mountain. I joked with Wietse that Niko was lucky I didn’t know about Saskatoon Mountain or we’d have hiked up the path a lot further! 😉 For some reason I always thought Saskatoon was a joke of a mountain, not realizing it was over 8km and almost 500 meters of total height gain. Still not a ‘real’ mountain, but at least approaching a real hike…

There’s not much to say about this little peak. We followed a trail the whole way, getting distracted a few times by side trails but always going back to the right one. There was some annoyingly deep snow over the first summit but we waded and followed old tracks through it without issue. We almost missed the true summit, deciding to turn back at the one marked on the map before I convinced Wietse that we should wade through a few more patches of deep snow “just in case”. Good thing we did that as the true summit is north of the one on the map and actually has some decent views.

Views along the south ridge of Saskatoon Mountain with Bluff and Turtle at right.
Fun times wading knee deep snow on Saskatoon Mountain!
These two wild trees mark the summit of Saskatoon Mountain. Crowsnest Mountain at left with Seven Sisters, Pa Butte, Ma Butte at center left distance.

We enjoyed the summit views for a few minutes, noting the impending dark clouds of doom pouring in over the Divide to the west. It was nice to see so many familiar Crowsnest area peaks including Crowsnest, Wedge, Deadman, Tecumseh, Phillipps, Sentry, Ostracized, Coulthard, Willoughby, Hillcrest, Turtle, Caudron, Centre and many others.

Views to Center (L), Caudron and Livingstone South (R) over Grassy Mountain (C).
Views over the Crowsnest Pass towns of Blairmore (L) and Coleman (R). Peaks include Turtle (L), Hillcrest, Hearts and Willoughby Ridge (R).

On descent it was neat to see over the towns of Coleman and Blairmore and to realize that there are houses all over the place up the east ridge of Saskatoon Mountain. We had no issues descending and walked out of the forest back to the car within 2.5 hours of leaving. I highly recommend this small mountain if you’re in the area and wish to get decent views of the towns and the surrounding mountains. It’s a family friendly hike and isn’t too long.

Saskatoon Mountain
On the Miners Trail.
On the Miners Trail.
On the Miners Trail.
On the Miners Trail.
On the Miners Trail.
On the Miners Trail.
This bridge goes to the old mining site and is falling apart.
This bridge goes to the old mining site and is falling apart.
Nez Perce Creek.
Nez Perce Creek.
Hiking Miners Trail to Rainbow Falls.
Hiking Miners Trail to Rainbow Falls.
Rainbow Falls on Nez Perce Creek.
Rainbow Falls on Nez Perce Creek.
Hiking up some old wooden stairs just before Rainbow Falls.
Hiking up some old wooden stairs just before Rainbow Falls.
On a good trail heading up the south ridge of Saskatoon Mountain.
On a good trail heading up the south ridge of Saskatoon Mountain.
On a good trail heading up the south ridge of Saskatoon Mountain.
On a good trail heading up the south ridge of Saskatoon Mountain.
Views south over Coleman to Willoughby Ridge and Coulthard Peak.
Views south over Coleman to Willoughby Ridge and Coulthard Peak.
The south slope opens up nicely as we ascend.
The south slope opens up nicely as we ascend.
The south slope opens up nicely as we ascend.
The south slope opens up nicely as we ascend.
Bluff and Turtle Mountain obvious at right.
Bluff and Turtle Mountain obvious at right.
Views back over the town of Coleman.
Views back over the town of Coleman.
Moody views to the west.
Moody views to the west.
Moody views to the west as we hike under the power lines.
Moody views to the west as we hike under the power lines.
Back on a road.
Back on a road.
There was much more snow on the ridge than we anticipated. This sucked.
There was much more snow on the ridge than we anticipated. This sucked.
Hiking up the south ridge.
Hiking up the south ridge.
Two trees at the summit in this view north.
Two trees at the summit in this view north.
Crowsnest Mountain and Seven Sisters.
Crowsnest Mountain and Seven Sisters.
Grassy Mountain (mining) with Centre and Caudron in the background.
Grassy Mountain (mining) with Centre and Caudron in the background.
Views east to Centre, Caudron and South Livingstone.
Views east to Centre, Caudron and South Livingstone.
Coulthard, McLaren, Parrish, Andy Good and Chinook Peak (R).
Coulthard, McLaren, Parrish, Andy Good and Chinook Peak (R).
Nice views over Blairmore and Coleman towards the Castle Wilderness at center distance.
Nice views over Blairmore and Coleman towards the Castle Wilderness at center distance.
The only "No Trespassing" sign we encountered was on the way down.
The only "No Trespassing" sign we encountered was on the way down.
Descending the south ridge.
Descending the south ridge.
Descending the south ridge.
Descending the south ridge.
Great views over the towns of Blairmore (L) and Coleman (C).
Great views over the towns of Blairmore (L) and Coleman (C).
A strange building on descent - I think it's a water tower.
A strange building on descent - I think it's a water tower.
The deteriorating bridge over Nez Perce Creek from the Miners Trail.
The deteriorating bridge over Nez Perce Creek from the Miners Trail.
Huge trees along Nez Perce Creek growing at strange angles.
Huge trees along Nez Perce Creek growing at strange angles.
Very green moss at the base of the trees along the Miners Trail.
Very green moss at the base of the trees along the Miners Trail.
Descending back along Nez Perce Creek and the Miners Trail.
Descending back along Nez Perce Creek and the Miners Trail.
A frozen Nez Perce Creek.
A frozen Nez Perce Creek.

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