OverviewMount Birdwood. It is listed as a moderate scramble in Alan Kane's Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies pages 112-113. Once you reach the summit you will have clear views of The Fist, Mount Smuts, Mount Birdwood, Pigs Tail, Mount Chester and Nestor to name just a few. While the peak sees some traffic. There is a boggy approach which cuts into the numbers. There are several options listed for descent. Depending on how long a day you want.
Time: 5-11 hours
Height gain: 850 metres
There are several options listed in the Kane book for descent. The way you came up. The fastest. Or decend to the col and return the north side to Commonwealth creek and out. The other is long via Smuts creek
Peter Lougheed Provincal Park and Bow Valley Provinca
This is an extremly beautiful part of the Canadian Rockies. Please do your part to keep garbage out of the trees and off the ground. There are washroom facilities at some of the parking lots along the road, try and use these is possible.
When To Climb
There are other campgrounds in the area if desired.
Spray Lakes West Shore Campground has 50 sites (403) 591-7226
There is also the Alpine Club of Canada lodge with rooms and excellent facilities of 19$ CDN a night. The Alpine Club of Canada (403) 678-3200, ext 1
Engadine Lodge is a good base camp if you want some comfort at the end of the day.
Box 40025 Canmore, Alberta T1W 3H9
Tel.: (403) 678-4080
E mail: [email protected]
Web address www.mountengadine.com
Mountain Conditionswww.weatheroffice.com for a weather forecast
Kananaskis Country Emergency phone # is 591-7767
Spray Lake Ranger Station. (403) 678-5533
Alberta Tourist Visitor Centre (403) 678-5277
The Alpine Club of Canada (403) 678-3200, ext 1
weather office or (403) 762-2088 for weather conditions
The summer months would be the most popular. June to end of September.