6 to 8 hours / 11.5K return
on the road side pull out lane located the east side of highway #40.
south of Highwood Pass.
7.8kms south of Mount Lipsett day use area.
178 kms west of Calgary.
Note: Highway #40 is closed at the Upper Lakes and
Highwood House Junction from Dec 1st to June 14th for wildlife preservation.
Mountain is considered an easy scramble however an elevation gain of 1278 meters
and 11.5 kilometers return distance makes it a long difficult day. Locate the trailhead
next to the bushes approximately 200 meters west of the road side pull out.
Watch out for a steel rod sticking out of the ground at ankle height. Follow the
well worn trail through trees and shrub, continue on past the meadows until you reach
a nameless col. Mist Mountain is located to the north, on your left. From
the nameless col follow the scree trail until you reach the first east buttress
located on your right. If you pass the east buttress, a mistake which most
people do, expect to ascend 600 meters of steep loose scree. Find your way
up the east buttress to the top of the ridge then follow it to the summit located at
the NW end of the ridge. At the summit you'll see a memorial plaque for Stash Minasiewicz who was struck by lightening in 1989. Mist mountain seems to attract
the worst of the local weather and should certainly be avoided during
thunderstorms. Views from the summit in all directions are outstanding. Hikers
will be surprised at their height above Mount Lipsett and Highwood Pass. Descend
the scree trail located below the summit for a short distance then head left
away from the cliff edge, drop down what seems
like an endless loose scree slope to the dry cirque bowl below. Follow the trail
back out to the parking lot.
Local campgrounds include
Mount Kidd. Trailheads to
Elbow Lake to
Rawson Lake are all located near here. You are in bear country