OverviewCrowsnest Mountain is rated as a moderate scramble via the route on its north side. Wet rock or patches of snow can make this scramble dangerous to navigate. There is 1100m (3600 ft) of elevation gain and you can expect to take from 4-8 hours for a round trip.
Topo Map: 82 G/15 Crowsnest
Route DescriptionSee the “Getting There” section of the main page for information on getting to the trailhead.
At the trailhead, take the path to the right which leads into the trees. Continue up to the treeline where the first of the slogging up the scree slopes begins. Braided trails in the scree will lead you up to the first cliff band. Sporadic cairns and even the odd sign will guide you through the scree during the day. On the lower scree slopes, you are aiming to go to the right of the black waterfall marks on the first cliff band. Again, the cairns and the braided trails in the scree should guide you in the proper direction. Climb through the rock steps of the first cliff band to the next scree slope. Traversing to the left across this slope will lead you to the gully which then leads you up through the second cliff band.
Essential GearStandard day hike gear
Proper hiking footwear
Helmet - Although most people you see on the mountain aren't wearing helmets, I would recommend wearing one after seeing the mountain with its scree slopes and gullies.
Ice Axe - Useful for parties attempting the mountain when packed snow patches exist.