Mount Remus is part of the horseshoe shaped Fisher Range at the front end of Kananaskis Country in the Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park. Kananaskis Country is a maze of provincial parks which encompasses over 4,000 square kilometers of foothills and mountains bordering Banff National Park in the central Canadian Rockies. Mount Remus starts one end of the horseshoe and Mount Fullerton
the other. In between lies Mount Romulus
and Fisher Peak
. Mount Remus was officially named in 1940 along with Mount Romulus after the legendary twin brothers and founders of Rome.
The only published route up Mount Remus is the moderate to difficult scramble up its eastern slopes to its summit block. The guide book determines the chimney up the center of the summit block to be difficult with an optional moderate approach from the north. I found the chimney did not present a difficult challenge and rate this scramble moderate at most. The most challenging aspect of the day involves crossing the Little Elbow River. This aspect of the trip more than likely explains why there is no trail and few, if any, cairns, thus little evidence of any traffic up this mountain. It still surprised me being that Mount Remus is on the front range and has quick accessibility. The views from the summit include Mount Fullerton
and Nihahi Ridge
to the north, Tombstone Mountain
to the south, Mount Blane
to the west and the eastern group of Mount Cornwall, Banded Peak , Outlaw Peak and Mount Glasgow
The guidebook references covering the 7kms+/- in via the Little Elbow River Trail on a mountain bike in 45 minutes. I took 25 minutes on return (it is approximately the same terrain both directions), however, this estimate of 45 minutes along with other mitigating factors in regards to the guide book’s suggestions left me with 1.5 hours of delayed start time biking up and down the trail trying to determine where best to cross the river and start the route. Therefore, my route description will vary considerably in description compared to Kane’s brief route information.
Not counting the delay, I completed the route in less than 5 hours. The guidebook suggests 6-8 hours if using your bike.
The Bragg Creek and the Elbow-Sheep Valley area of Kananaskis Country can be accessed from Calgary via a number of roads. The simplest is to take the Trans-Canada exit for Bragg Creek, Highway 22. Travel south through Bragg Creek on Highway 22 until it dead ends into Highway 66. Turn right on Highway 66 and follow it until a dead end into the Little Elbow Campground. Park on the right at the sign for trailhead parking. Watch for cattle and deer on the road as you will be driving through open range land. Highway 66 is closed from December 1 through May 14.
There are restrooms at this location.
There are no permit requirements to enter, climb and/or park in Kananaskis Provincial Park. The Elbow Valley Information Center
is located on your right after you turn right on Highway 66. Any recent notices will be posted on the bulletin board at that location. Kananaskis Provincial Park headquarters are located on Highway 40 east of Canmore.
This is active grizzly country, therefore, you should always have bear spray on your person. I found the remains of a kill along side the Little Elbow River where I made my crossing. I do advise checking with the park website link provided above for possible trail closures.
When To Climb
As with most climbs in the Canadian Rockies, the driest time is from June through September. I did this scramble in September in mostly dry conditions. There are no published backcountry ski routes on Mount Remus, and it might be conducive to ski to the final summit ridge, but not to the summit itself. These would no doubt be avalanche prone slopes.
The closest camp site would be the Little Elbow Campground
in which you start this scramble. Do not expect much of a backcountry experience, however, as many city residents use this campground as a holiday type resort. However during midweek September, there was not a soul in site. There are many backcountry sites in the area. You cannot camp outside of the marked specific camping areas in Kananaskis. Refer to the Kananaskis Provincial Park website
for more information regarding camping and/or lodging.
The Kananaskis Provincial Park website
is a very thorough park website, including trail conditions or closures, wildlife notices, weather conditions, avalanche conditions, camping permits, whitewater conditions, etc. It is an excellent source if you are going to spend any time here and comparable to any National Park website I have used. Outside of the parks web site, Canadian Avalanche Association
is also useful, particularly for winter travel. Canadian Alpine Accident Reports
are also extremely useful.
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