Mount Colin is an outstanding limestone peak in the Jasper area and definitely a true classic. Its popularity has waned over the years, for unknown reasons, in September 2007 when I climbed this peak we were only the second party to sign the summit register.
The Mt. Colin Traverse is a beautiful 4th class ridge adventure with a occasional Cheval moves on an excellent limestone ridge.
This unsung classic deserves more attention, as it is a fantastic limestone rock ridge. Incredible exposure, fantastic views and a hut at the base! What more could you ask for on a weekend adventure.
From Jasper, head up the Maligne Lake road and turn off at the Sixth bridge turnoff. The parking area is the start of the Overlander Trail. Hike up the trail for approximately 7 km until you reach Garonne Creek Drainage. This is the first creek past the Moberly Cabin/Pastures.
Garonne creek is usually a dry creek bed. Walk up the creek bed and up on the left you will see a steep grassy embankment. Scramble up and look for a trail. A faint "trail" gains the ridges on the north (left going up hill) side of the creek and follows the rim of the canyon. If you see cairns you are in the right place. At one point the trail turns away from the canyon edge and heads uphill into a burned opening with blow down. Look for a marker on a tree, drop down right and into the forest and canyon. Couple tricky downclimbing moves (not more than 5 m height and the trail eventually meets up with the creek.
Continue hiking up the creek until it makes a right angle turn south, almost at the base of Mount Colin. Gain the steep bank and trail above the creek and into the sub-alpine forest. Colin Centennial Hut awaits you at the top of a steep hill after another 10-15 minutes of uphill grunting.
Parks Canada entry pass paid at park gate.
Parks Canada wilderness pass and hut fees through the Alpine Club of Canada if staying at hut.
You can do a voluntary registration with the wardens if you wish.
Add Camping text here.
External LinksInfo on the Colin Hut from the Alpine Club of Canada
Jasper-Hinton Alpine Club Section - check out the trips
Jasper Mountain Guide, Matt Reynolds
Jasper Mountain Guide, Peter Amann
The climbing shop in Jasper - Gravity Gear