Mount Collembola

 Posted by on June 28, 2003  Kananaskis Provincial Park  Add comments
Jun 282003
 

Sunday June 28 2003

Mt. Collembola… On a hot summer day. It’s nice, a long hike but the first part in the forest was warm and sweaty, no breeze to cool me off.

The way is fraught with junctions so you should employ the use of a guide book or map but I will give you a few pointers

Start off at Dead Man’s Flats and take the bridge to the old Pigeon Mountain Ski area (not really the old area but close too it) and find the trailhead parking for the Centennial Trail.

Once on your way you will quickly come to some signs including a large one. Left it to Pigeon Mountain so go straight. Soon you come to another junction this time three choices are offered but you should take the far left one, a less traveled road.

The Gully - Mount Collembola

The Gully – Mount Collembola

Follow this for some time and eventually a few options branch off to the left. I took the second one but you can just stay on the main trail. This turns into the trail to Jubilee Lakes. I started up the slopes towards Mount Collembola once I reached a steep gully that was alpine meadow.

Panorama of the Three summits of Mount Lougheed. Mount Allan and the ridge that the Centennial Trail follows are in the foreground.

Panorama of the Three summits of Mount Lougheed. Mount Allan and the ridge that the Centennial Trail follows are in the foreground.

Once on the ridge I had a break. The views down the Bow Corridor towards Cascade Mountain are fantastic.

Panorama of the Bow Corridor and the Trans-Canada Highway

Panorama of the Bow Corridor and the Trans-Canada Highway. The Three Sisters are on the left, then is Mount Rundle and Cascade Mountain is at the far end of the valley. Mount Lady MacDonald, Grotto Mountain and the Fairholme Range are on the right.

Once I was below the summit I decided to scramble up cliffs on the right. That was a mistake, I soon found my self on steep ledges that are far from safe. They were down sloping, loose and exposed. I backed off.

The easy way is on the left (east side) and although it’s steeper the ledges are wide and the moves easy, just a bit of route finding to get through easy. Once on the summit I just laid back and took photos, ate lunch and enjoyed the views.

On the way down I took the scree down towards Jubilee Lakes from below the cliffs.

The route is a long one, it’s about 24k round trip and approximately 1300 meters elevation gain so be prepared for a longish day.

Mount Collembola Panorama

Mount Collembola Panorama

This is a poor panorama…… sorry


T
he democratic youth lives along day by day, gratifying the desire that occurs to him, at one time drinking and listening to the flute, at another downing water and reducing, now practicing gymnastic, and again idling and neglecting everything; and sometimes spending his time as though he were occupied in philosophy.

Plato
BC 427?-347?, Greek Philosopher