OverviewFisher Peak in Kananaskis country is not to be confused with Mount Fisher in British Columbia.
Fisher Peak is the closest mountain to Calgary which is over 10,000 ft. It is a prominent peak on the South West skyline and yet it is unknown to the average person. It is the highest peak in the Fisher Range which encompasses the mountains between Calgary and Kananaskis Highway # 40 but it is rarely climbed. There is no easy access to the peak from the Calgary side (East) and the best approach is from the West. The approach involves a strenuous 9 km mountain bike ride on a rugged horse trail covered in large rounded river rock and several creek crossings. From where you leave the bikes, there is an off trail suggested hiking route to a lower subsidiary summit (The Kananaskis Country Trail Guide - Volumes No.1 and No. 2 - Gillean Daffern – out of print) but there is no easy hiking route to the main summit. The scramble route along the NW and summit ridges is described as a difficult climbers scramble in Alan Kane’s Scrambles In the Canadian Rockies 3rd edition. (See Rocky Mountain Books
Fisher Peak was first climbed in June, 1950 by J.F. Tarrant and party by the NW ridge, now the standard route.
This is a climbers scramble and is one of the hardest scrambles in the book. The crux and two other steps are downclimbed on the way up.
The round trip is about 28 kilometers(17.5miles) and 1570 meters(5,150 ft) of elevation gain. We took 14 hours but there are reports of 10 to 18 hours.
Down climbing the crux.
Travel west from Calgary on the Trans Canada Highway #1 for 45 minutes. Turn South on highway #40 for 30 kilometers(x miles) to the Evan – Thomas Creek turn off which is on the left (East) just past the turn off for the golf course.
Mountain bike the trail along the left side of the Evan – Thomas Creek
This is in Kananaskis Country which is a protected or managed area but not a National or Provincial Park so less restrictions on climbing or hiking activities. See
for more details.
Current public safety information including fire bans, flooding, park construction, wildlife issues and avalanche reports
Alberta Parks Public Safety
There are many campgrounds in the Kananaskis valley. See
has links for all campgrounds in the Kananaskis, the National and Provincial parks as well as the commercial campgrounds.
Kananaskis Country Camping
External LinksAlberta Parks Public Safety
No matter the season, before you head out, you can always find up to date public safety information including fire bans, flooding, park construction, wildlife issues and avalanche reports
When to Climb
The season is late spring to early fall. Fisher Peak is lower elevation compared to many alpine objectives in the Rockies and can be climbed from June until October. Thunder storms can seriously drop the temperature and rain can turn to sleet or snow at any time of the season.
The best site for local conditions is the guide conditions site which has regular updates Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
Northwest ridge and summit ridge - see attached route.
NW Ridge 5.3
Picture of downclimbs along ridge from the East.
Guide books for climbing, scrambling, Hiking and reference for the area can be purchased through
Rocky Mountain Books
Great picture of Fisher from Mount Bogart taken by Ferenc Jacso which shows how the layers form the downclimbs along the summit ridge.