Liftlines Forums

First Tracks!! Online Home | Forum Home


Switch to full style
Resort and backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the western US and Canada, including our famous reader-submitted No-Bull Snow Reports.
Post a reply

OT - Hiking Castle Mountain, Banff, AB, April 6, 2018

Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:48 pm

This trail climbs about 1500 feet to an overlook on the shoulder of Castle Mountain, not all the way to the summit. The trail is almost 5 miles round-trip. We all had come down with a pretty bad cold at this point, so the pace was pretty mellow. Temperatures were again in the 20s, with clouds and flurries down low but sunshine up high. The trail was well packed down, but we did not see anybody. Our spikes were again nice to have on the steeper sections.

C323CE4B-ADC6-422D-80FB-1D4BB1E0D24C.jpeg
Castle Mountain from the Bow Valley


F3CB4380-D2C3-4623-86D0-2E3E42AA385F.jpeg


8272D4A4-FEF6-413D-B1E7-9F6134298B20.jpeg


57FB6294-31E6-4973-9CC7-122D10612867.jpeg


812A672A-6C81-48DA-A319-92287CE43E39.jpeg


22892F32-EDE4-4604-9482-9B159D62B285.jpeg


63786C56-4FF9-4BC2-8195-C3AD3F2C91DE.jpeg


After hiking, we poked around a bit in town.

7E00D34E-1D42-4253-9C4E-0588BBA8B0DC.jpeg


The Whyte Museum is worth an hour or two. I especially enjoyed learning about the history of mountain guiding in the Canadian Rockies. Evidently the Swiss had a total lock on the profession until 1909 when, gasp, an Austrian was allowed to guide. The first Canadian guide started sometime years after that (I have forgotten the year).

Below is a photo of a photo of Diny Harrison on display in the museum. I have not met her, but she was listed on Mustang’s website this winter as one of their guides.

CC60ACAB-1DA7-41CB-B877-17C753A28E21.jpeg
Post a reply
All content herein copyright 1999-2017 First Tracks!! Online Media