Ascent of Kootenay Mountain on 2017-08-22

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kootenay Mountain
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:8058 ft / 2456 m

Ascent Trip Report

11hr30mins day hike/cycle via Midgeley Mountain Access Rd, from SE. NB needs permit from Nature Conservancy. Last few miles of forest road overgrown with alder; last couple of miles of road involved some minor bushwhacking as does the summit hike.

The Nature Conservancy are considering allowing vehicular access but this would only get you about 8km past the gate to the road washout. Petter's route would seem best if gate key can be obtained. But that alder growth on the roads will only get worse. The alternative is from the west, Jersey Creek Rd, but this has a washout at km 1.0 and may involve a long bushwhack to the ridge, then traversing Wood Peak (Bernier/Dillmore probably went that way).

Early start from our Nelson motel, with trail/mountain bikes rented the previous evening, turned off highway 3 onto Midgeley Mountain Access Rd, parked after 3.5km just before locked gate. Forest road has good surface and gradient OK for our bikes in low gear, we pedalled all the hills. We took older more direct road which is impassible to vehicles due to a landslide. At last crossing a col, a gentle descend merged in a few km with Petter Bjorstad's route; beyond here the road became increasingly affected by slide alder making cycling more difficult. After crossing the main Shaw Creek we pushed our bikes for a while before leaving them and hiking the last 2km to the Ken Jones trailhead.

As per Ken's TR, an old timber extraction route starts at a bend before reaching a large boulder pile. This leads to a small creek (nice water source) and continues beyond as a small trail. This eventually runs out and after moderate bushwhacking we escape R as per Ken's advice and head straight up the peak on nice granite slabs, then follow the ridge with easy bouldery scrambling, to reach the large summit cairn, with summit register tucked into its east base. Highpoint is a rock outcrop close to cairn.

Nice summit with steep drop off to N and views of a few interesting satellite peaks. Hot and sunny all day. A quite tough 6h30 to summit. 40mins on top, a fairly easy 4h20 down.

Back to Nelson for shower and a late, much needed dinner. Tomorrow we return our bikes first thing, then to Mt Harrison trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5695 ft / 1735 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5695 ft / 1735 m
    Distance:37.3 mi / 60 km
    Start Trailhead:2363 ft / 720 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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