Its summit looms almost 1300 vertical meters over the town of Canmore. My first objective would be the knife-edge Mt. Elevation Gain 895m. Sitting just east of Banff, Mount Lady MacDonald is well known among Canmore residents and avid hikers in the region. I didn’t count but I guess I saw 100 people the entire day. We thought we were okay once we got out of the trees and on the rocky ridge but still had to kill some in the parking lot and at home. From the Cougar Creek Trailhead by the parking lot follow the well-defined trail to the left (west) of the river. Change ). The original plan for this May long weekend was a few snowshoe ascents along Icefield Parkway, but I changed my mind at the last minute while driving through the Canmore corridor. Lady MacDonald which I failed twice trying to tag its true summit in winter condition. Mount Lady Macdonald is a mountain located in The Bow River valley of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.The mountain was named in 1886 after Susan Agnes Macdonald, wife of Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada. The original plan for this May long weekend was a few snowshoe ascents along Icefield Parkway, but I changed my mind at the last minute while driving through the Canmore corridor. Mt. Mount Lady MacDonald, Canadian Rockies, Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada - facts, photos, maps, weather, trip reports, and links. This peak is located just north-east of Canmore Alberta. Then it’s a walk up to the final dip before true summit. I’m very satisfied but since I was soloing, I couldn’t get a decent photo of the ridge with people on it. Lady Macdonald's southeast ridge is a route that has grown in popularity in recent years thanks to it's proximity to Canmore, alpine feel, and wonderful views. I waited another 15 min or so after getting back to the safe side of the summit ridge. My first attempt was on the Day 4 of my solo Christmas peak-bagging mission. Mount Lady MacDonald Climbing Notes Be the first to submit your climbing note! It is ranked moderate to… (6). I lost the trail just before a large meadow/opening area and went straight up.. Not far up I encountered a boulder field, and found a large carcass of goat or deer… There must have been a cougar around and I didn’t even have a bear spary… I freaked out and ran down the mountain. It also has a private full bathroom and cozy gas fireplace. The first best thing about the Lady Mac trail is that the trailhead is located right next to the Iron Goat Pub. Mount Lady MacDonald is one of those hikes / scrambles that get you addicted to hiking. going for some "alpine fir" stuff here in Arizona. Lady Macdonald awarded 2019 Certificate of Excellence Congrats Team on the Certificate of Excellence for 2019 from Trip Advisor. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. The ridge imposed no difficulty this time (but still, the exposure is real). Reaching the final summit ridge imposed no difficulty. I had to carefully go through all my clothes and gear in my garage before my wife would even let me in the house. Bill. He was not one to follow the regular path and likely ascended directly toward the summit on the left side of an obvious gully on the West Face. The hike up Mount Lady MacDonald is short and steep, so you will find yourself zig-zagging up the mountain. To see the weather forecasts for the other elevations, use the … And then the next day. Canmore, AB. (With the right experienced person of course) ( Log Out /  It put the whole prospect of attempting the Canmore Quad at some point in the future in a new, more frightening, perspective. We were in prime sheep terrain and we had them all over. Hiking info, trail maps, and 118 trip reports from Mount Lady Macdonald (2,613 m) in the Fairholme Range of Alberta Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The Mount Lady Macdonald trail begins at Cougar Creek, starting out as a leg burner through the forest, then meandering through boulders, halfway up. There’s no loose rock and the slabs are very grippy. Helipad on ridge just above Kona’s head, one of three high points required the for the “Triple Crown of Canmore“, in addition to HaLing Peak and East End of Rundle. If you can walk on the ridge for most part, then you can do it in 15min, if you have to often hands-down, then you probably need 30-40min.. The boulders, sparse forest, and views of the Bow River Valley make for a classic mountain landscape that isn't always offered by forested walks to lakes, or hikes up scree slopes. Kona on Mt. It's doesn't appear to be sharp in the photo but it is. On September 8, 2013 January 2, 2017 By GeoKs In Bow Valley, Hiking. Continue north past houses in a residential neighbourhood until the trail takes a noticeable bend to the left. ESE Ridge of Lady MacDonald 5.5 - Kananaskis, "This is a one line proof...if we start sufficiently far to the left. With southern exposure this popular hike often has great trail conditions. Coming back the crux dip was easier for sure. This looks like a fun climb. Please submit any useful information about climbing Mount Lady MacDonald that may be useful to other climbers. ( Log Out /  Mount Temple Ideal for couples or families, this suite features a queen bed on the main level and two twin beds under a skylight in the loft. We had an almost six-week break from hiking this summer as Mr. GeoK recovered from a mountain biking accident. From the trail head, which is next to Iron Goat Pub, this is 4.5km to the helipad on a very direct route which has some scrambling. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Mount Lady MacDonald, as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit. ( Log Out /  May 19, 2012. Overall, if you are confident on exposure, this ridge is for you. I waited for about 1 hour but it was starting to get quite chilly up there, and nobody showed up so I went back…. To start the hike you’ll follow cougar creek towards Mount Lady MacDonald. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. or those really small suckers that suck?? The front range peaks appeared mostly bone dry and I was keen on “dry scrambling” after an ever-lasting winter season. View ESE Ridge of Lady MacDonald 5.5 - Kananaskis Image Gallery - 15 Images, Nice photos and TR Bill. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September. Ahead we could see hikers taking off on a trail into the woods so we checked with someone who looked like a local. Finding the trail is the crux of the hike if you only go as far as the heli-pad. behind. Terrible little things. Hiking the Bow Valley – Mount Lady MacDonald Tea House. After talking to each other briefly, I said I can lead them to the summit and I did’t mind to re-do the entire ridge. Also known as Lady MacDonald Tea House Hike. Kona waiting at end of ridge Mt. Lindsay stopped just before the crux dip, while Diana and I made to the summit. Lady Macdonald Mount Lady Macdonald from Grotto Mountain (minor summit), October 2009 Elevation ESE Ridge of Lady MacDonald 5.5 - TR A scramble/climb of a 5.5 rock ridge route near Canmore - 1350 m (4400 foot) of elevation gain - Eight hours up 2 hours down- 10 hour RT. I spent roughly 15 min to traverse the entire summit ridge, while I’ve heard some people used 1 hour to do so. Click to view large size. Diana challenging the crux, while Lindsay called it a day. Mount Lady MacDonald. It is a geat place to get some exercise and if the weather cooperates offers a fine view of the mountains on the opposite side of the Bow Valley. The excellent reviews and overall rating we have received from travellers have ranked Lady Macdonald as one of the Best B&B and Inns in Canada. Mount Lady Macdonald is a technical scramble with a knife edge traverse required to reach the true summit. The summit ridge was much less snowy this time. If someday I run out of peak in Canmore area, Lady Mac is the one I want to repeat. That definitely whetted my appetite for some Rockies fun. It’s a piece of cake here. That first trail in the woods takes you on t… For trad climbers looking to get more into the alpine, this is a excellent place to test skills. I went back and forth the crux just for some photos. Mount Lady MacDonald is an obvious objective, to say the least. I was tired and started the ascent late (well, 9:30 am start in December was a late start). We ended up on a well-worn gravel/snow path beside a small stream. Arguably Rich's favourite quick Mountain Summit and conveniently located on the north side Canmore near canyon Creek is Mount Lady MacDonald known colloquially as Lady Mac. Lady Macdonald June 2019 – Grotto Mtn. Dipping down just before the false summit. Mount Lady MacDonald My original plan of this weekend was to do some last snowshoeing ascents, namely Mosquito Mountain and Emerald Peak, however, as I drove into the mountains, I changed my mind. An 8km out-and-back and really quite challenging. Mount Lady MacDonald, elevation 2,606m and one of the four peaks that make up the Canmore Quad, the others being Mount Grotto, Ha Ling, and the East End of Rundle. After eliminating pretty much everything we could think of, Mark suggested the Mount Lady MacDonald trail to the helipad, with the possibility of making it to the false summit – the true summit, gained by a very narrow ridge scramble, was obviously not on the agenda. © 2006-2020 SummitPost.org. Canmore and Bow valley below. If you ever wanted to do the ridge I’d be on to attempting it with someone with experience. There is very little access to water so ensure you pack accordingly. With a few “difficult scrambles” under by belt I could easily balance myself along the first section of the summit ridge. I didn’t want to die on that day, so I bailed the attempt. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. 2605m. The rock was very grippy this time so I soon stand on the summit. Mount Lady Macdonald Trail [CLOSED] is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Morning view of Three Sisters from near the parking lot, There’s no way I’d fail it the 3rd time given the dryness of this day. Two girls topped out. NTS Map: 82O03Elevation Gain: 1200mMount Lady MacDonald is one of those hikes / scrambles that get you addicted to hiking. I’m do impressed. This table gives the weather forecast for Mount Lady MacDonald at the specific elevation of 2605 m. Our advanced weather models allow us to provide distinct weather forecasts for several elevations of Mount Lady MacDonald. Perhaps I should give it a go sometime. It is a fun climb - well worth doing. Going across that looks like life or death! It is just shy of 10km and just under 1300m of elevation gain. All Rights Reserved. Just before the true summit there’s a slight dip. When you say "lots of ticks," are you talking about wood ticks ", Larry - They are Rocky Mountain wood ticks - the little reddish leathery ones. Lady MacDonald standard scramble route. Colin, Thanks Colin. On or about March 13, J.F (20) decided to make a solo scramble towards the summit of Mount Lady MacDonald. Two days after, I armed with a spray and a knife. Headed that way in a few weeks! From here on you’ll start elevating quickly and you’ll begin to … The trail itself is quite well defined, and climbs to the site of a former, now defunct tea house. The Rockies Central Guidebook has the best images and descriptions of this specific climb. Cheers. Summit Panorama. I’ve never done anything that dangerous but part of me wants to. Lady Macdonald Teahouse Trail [CLOSED] is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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