Named after a WWI Battleship involved in the battle of Jutland. This peak was a candidate to be the ski hill for the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. It lost out to nearby Mount Allen. Still is very popular as a climb then ski hill when conditions are right. The route of ascent is on the scree covered western slopes. Over the years there have been several schemes to develop it as a ski resort but nothing has come of it as of this date. With views of the Spray Lakes to the west, Mount Lougheed, Rimwall, to the east, Goat Mountain and parts of Windtower, the route for this summit is found in Alan Kane’s Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies on page 93 which is a worthwhile purchase.
Elevation gain from the road 1,350 metres
Head out of Canmore on the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Lakes road, past the Grassi Lakes and the Goat Creek day use parking. Continue on the unpaved Spray lakes road for about 27-28km. 4-5km past the dam you will see a sign for Spurling Creek. Continue along here till you see the Sparrowhawk Picnic area. Park in the small parking area. As with other sites in the area try not leaving things visible in the back of your car. There are two creek beds, choose the one the one further north as the other leads you to another place. Begin by following the trail through the woods along the creek bed. Continue upwards on the trail keeping left of a large ridge (Read's ridge). Head up and angle your way following the scree slope to below the summit cliff bands, then head south (right) around and up the east side towards the top. The return route is the same as up. First hour in the woods the rest on scree up to summit bands. The rest is a ridge walk on fairly solid ground with a couple of scrambles. 5-10 hours round trip depending on your fitness level.
Sunset from Spray Lakes
No red tape. This is a 1/2 day - to day trip.
Don't leave items visible in the back of your car. Why tempt fate.
Slopes can be slippery if icy.
When To Climb
Mount Nestor from the Spray Lake Road. You start up near here.
As a scramble from end of June on. Skiing in the winter depending on the snow conditions. Check with the park wardens. Spray Lake Ranger Station. (403) 678-5533