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.

Wasootch Ridge (715 m elev. gain)

Kona on Wasootch Ridge – Mt. Lorette

View along Wasootch Ridge to starting point about 5 km away. Mount Lorette and the Lorette-Skogan-McGillivray traverse across the Kananaskis River valley behind. Wasootch Peak at left. Early December just before a snowy and colder weather system is arriving.

Wasootch Creek from Ridge

View of our “exploratory” ascent route from Wasootch Creek about 5-6 km from the trail head.

Kona descending Wasootch Ridge

Another view of the long Wasootch Ridge. Barrier Lake Reservoir in distance with Mary Barclay’s Mountain to the left.

Wasootch Ridge tote bag

Wasootch Ridge printed tote bag – Western Silk by Karin

Mount Baldy (715 m elev. gain)

Kona on Mount Baldy – Barrier Lake

Kona descending Mount Baldy ridge in very dry early December conditions with Barrier Lake Reservoir below. Heart Mountain / Grant MacEwan Peak just above Kona’s head (see below for view in opposite direction).

Lucie on way up Mount Baldy

Lucie (6 months) near summit of Mount Baldy.

Buddy on Heart Mountain traverse

Buddy (5 years) and view of Mount Baldy across Barrier Lake Reservoir from the Heart Mountain / Grant MacEwan Peak traverse in late November.

King Creek Ridge (830 m elev. gain)

Kona on King Creek Ridge – Mt. Wintour

Kona on north summit of King Creek Ridge in early December in unseasonably warm weather. View south to pointy Mount Wintour.

Pepper descending King Creek Ridge

Pepper (2 years) on descent from King Creek Ridge summit.

King Creek Ridge north to south

View of descent route along King Creek Ridge from north summit.

Lawson South from King Creek Ridge

View of Little Lawson / Lawson South ridge hike across the Kananaskis River valley from lower slopes of King Creek Ridge.

Lawson South (740 m elev. gain)

Kona on Lawson South Peak

Kona on Little Lawson / Lawson South peak on a warm early December day. Kent North, Mt. Lawson main summit and Mt. Kidd South behind.

Kona on Lawson South Peak – King Creek Ridge behind

King Creek Ridge and Kananaskis River valley behind.

Kona descending Lawson South Peak – Elk Pass

On descent with Mount Pocaterra just right of centre and Mt. Roberta, a high point on the near end of the ridge from Pocaterra. Highwood Ridge and Grizzly Ridge at centre. Gap Mountain just left of centre. Mt. Elpoca at left background, Mt. Wintour at left foreground. Elk Pass at right.