Grotto Mtn Hike (940 m elev. gain)

Kona on Grotto Mtn in late January

Kona at high point of hike up Grotto Mountain. Main summit in distance at far left. Didn’t meet anyone else on this route although parking lots at other trailheads were overflowing with vehicles on a Sunday during Covid.

Three Sisters from Grotto

Three Sisters are lined up across the Bow Valley.

Three Sisters from Grotto

Oil sketch of Three Sisters above clouds, view from Grotto Mountain.

Grotto Mtn. trail (600 m elev. gain)

Kona on Grotto Mtn trail

Kona on short hike up Grotto Mountain trail in mid-January. Mount Rundle and Town of Canmore behind.

Lougheed Peaks from Grotto Mtn trail

Wind Mountain and Lougheed Peaks in morning alpenglow from Grotto Mtn trail. Wind Ridge at right foreground.

Three Sisters from Grotto Mtn trail

Oil sketch of morning alpenglow on Three Sisters from Grotto Mtn trail.

Three Sisters silk painting

Summer view watercolour of Three Sisters – Western Silk by Karin

Grotto Mtn. (1425 m elev gain)


Kitsy on way down from summit via the ACC hut route in mid-June.

DSCF1601Kona at about half-way point on descent with Canmore Industrial area below.

Kona Grotto Mtn.
Kona on Grotto Mtn. – Lougheed Peaks across Bow Valley behind

Kona resting after a snack and drink on summit – a blustery day with Lougheed peaks, Wind Mtn, Wind Tower, Allan and Collembola behind. Wind Ridge and Rimwall Summit at right.

Grotto Mtn. (1425 m elev gain)

Kona Grotto Jun 2019
Kona on Grotto Mtn. June 15 2019

Kona on Grotto summit on a cloudy mid-June day after ascending by the Bataan climbing wall trail. Summit cairn behind Kona has fallen or been taken apart so we rebuilt it – see below.

Kona Grotto Canmore June 2019
Kona on Grotto Mtn. with rebuilt cairn – Canmore below

Quickly rebuilt summit cairn on Grotto Mtn. Canmore and Bow Valley behind with Mt. Lady Macdonald at distant right.

Three Sisters Grotto Mtn June 2019
View of The Three Sisters across Bow Valley from Grotto Mtn.

Nice view of Three Sisters on way up Grotto Mtn. – left to right – Little Sister (Charity), Middle Sister (Hope), Big Sister (Faith).

Kona Grotto Mtn Middle Sister
View of Grotto Mtn. from Middle Sister June 12 2017 – Little Sister rappel descent route at right foreground

View of Grotto Mtn. from Middle Sister across the Bow Valley June 12, 2017. Our ascent route is just right of the high point in the middle of the summit ridge.