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Moderate To Difficult


5 to 6 hours / 9.5K return

Elevation Gain



Trailhead: 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.


Description: 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 towards 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 the buttress or take the safer route to your right across steep scree. 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. A fall from here would certainly be fatal. It’s straight down the north face. The ridge can be avoided by keeping right under the ridge. Views to the north and east open onto the prairies. Barrier Lake glistens below in the afternoon sun. Mount Baldy should not be attempted if deep snow lies on it’s south face.

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Mark Townsend

Nice views east towards the prairies. Steep scree in spots.

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