Ascent of Kootenay Mountain on 2012-09-01

Climber: Ken Jones

Others in Party:Bob Packard
Date:Saturday, September 1, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kootenay Mountain
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:8058 ft / 2456 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak is on land with access controlled by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. As far as I can tell, permits are only provided to groups. One group with a permit is the Kootenay Mountaineering Club ( and Bob and I arranged to go on one of their trips. We had to join the club (see details on the web site) and to sign an additional Nature Conservancy waiver before beginning.

Heading west on Hwy 3 from Creston you will pass a sign about Kootenay Pass, then cross a bridge over (I believe) Topaz Creek. The first right past this point is the Topaz Creek Road - turn onto it and zero your odometer.

Road log (in miles, not kilometers):

0.0 - Hwy 3/Topaz Creek Rd
2.0 - Go straight (right) on signed Newington Road. From this point until Pioneer Road, almost all the forks you don't want will have signs with a road name. Stay on the one that doesn't have a new name - that will be Newington.
2.7 - Gate on road, postings. To go past here, permission is required. Go with the KMC.
11.9 - Keep right, don't take Whiskey Jay Road.
12.4 - You are just over the summit on the road, and at the marker for KM 20. Keep left (downhill) - you want to cross the creek in the valley to the north and drive up the other side to the trailhead.
14.3 - Keep right (downhill) at unsigned junction.
16.3 - Pass Shaw Road on your right (keep left). In another tenth of a mile or so, cross Shaw Creek on a small bridge.
17.1 - Turn right onto Pioneer Road. If you are worried about your paint job, you might want to start walking here.
18.0 - Turn right onto Chikadee Road, also overgrown.
19.0 - Road ends in logging landing. Park here.

The climb starts by walking back up the road a short distance to an old (not drivable) logging road which starts up toward the peak, which is visible above you. We followed this until it faded in the woods. Figure out your own way up and down from here - I wouldn't recommend either of the ways we tried, but if I went back I'd combine the lower part of our "up" route with the upper part of our "down" route. Expect to do some boulder scrambling up on the mountain, but if it gets beyond class 2+ you can find an easier way.

A large cairn crowns the summit, and there is a register in its base.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1858 ft / 566 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1858 ft / 566 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1858 ft / 566 m
    Route:SW Ridge
    Start Trailhead:End of Chikadee Road  6200 ft / 1889 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1858 ft / 566 m
    Route:SE Ridge
    End Trailhead:End of Chikadee Road  6200 ft / 1889 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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