Park at the
Mount Baldy parking lot just past Barrier Lake on the east side of the Kananaskis Trail Highway. 55 minutes west of Calgary.
Kananaskis Provincial Park.
Depending on the
route, Mount Baldy is considered a moderate hike to an advanced scramble. Cross
the small stream located in the parking lot and work your way up a well worn
trail through spruce and pine up the south face of Mount Baldy. Continue on past
the tree line until you reach the bottom of the buttress. Experienced scramblers
should only attempt the buttress. Here you can decide to scramble up and over
the buttress or take the safer route to your right through and across steep
scree. Follow the well worn trail along the bottom for a 100meters or so then
work your way up a few loose steep sections. Once you arrive at the saddle below
Mount Baldy's summit choose your route straight ahead to the top. There are
several braided trails with small rock ledges leading to the summit. Be careful
on the narrow summit ridge when looking straight down the north face. Views to
the north and east open onto the prairies and Barrier
Lake glistens below in the afternoon
sun. Mount Baldy should not be attempted if deep snow lies on it's south face.
Local campgrounds include
Bow Valley Campground,
Elk Flats Group Campground,
Lac Des Arc Campground,
Bow River Campground,
Three Sisters Campground and
Mount Kidd Campground. Trailheads to
East End Of
Aylmer Lookout and
Minnewanka are all
located near here.
You are in bear country.