Racehorse, Mount

Interesting Facts: 

An unofficial peak located south of Racehorse Pass and just to the north of Window Mountain Lake / Mount Ward in the Crowsnest Pass region of southern Alberta. A neighboring peak to the north of Racehorse Pass is also unofficially named - confusingly "Racehorse Peak". To avoid confusion, I just hiked both of them.

YDS Class: 
Hiking
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Summit Elevation (m): 
2,530

While in the area, and with plenty of time left after climbing Racehorse Peak (and the "Pony" extension), we decided that we might as well bag another unofficial peak near Racehorse Pass. We turned our attention to the straightforward Mount Racehorse - as defined creatively by Bob Spirko and Sonny Bou when they bagged it back in 2014. There really isn't much to say about this minor peak. We simply bashed up its east ridge to the summit, surmounting several easy, blocky cliff bands along the way.

 


[Mount Racehorse seen from the lower south slopes of Racehorse Peak. Confused yet? Blame Bob Spirko for the creative naming scheme... ;)]


[Wietse winds his way up the lower, bushy end of the mountain.]


[Looking back at Racehorse Peak.]


[A fairly straightforward scree grunt.]

 
[Nice views back towards Racehorse Peak.]


[Easy, blocky scrambling up some low cliff bands.]

 
[The "cliffs" aren't very cliffy.]


[Great telephoto views into Mount Harrison with Smith Peak on the right.]


[Tornado Mountain lies to the north and is definitely on my list.]

 

The views from the summit of Mount Racehorse are pretty decent and we spent a few minutes enjoying them before noticing some dark clouds moving in from the west. We decided that getting rained on would suck and started our descent. Going down was easy and we enjoyed the walk back along the Racehorse FSR to my truck to conclude a great two peak day.

 

 
[Looking north east and south (R) from near the summit. Racehorse Peak at left and Allison at right. ++]

 
[Summit panorama looking west and east (R). Erikson Ridge in the distant background.]


[Great view of Ward (L), Crowsnest (C) and Window (R).]


[Crowsnest Mountain looms over Window Mountain. I've stood in that window after traversing over top of it!]


[Allison Peak.]


[Mount Erikson.]


[Mount Mike is officially 10,827 feet high, but rumored to be closer to 11,000 feet than that.]


[Mount Harrison with Smith Peak to the right. The striking peak to the left is unnamed.]


[Racehorse Peak on the left "Pony" just right of that and the high point to the right of that.]


[Looking east towards Centre Peak and the Livingstone Range. Ma Butte in the foreground at right.]


[Thrift Peak at left in the distance and Thunder Mountain at right.]

 
[Looking south with interesting clouds moving in.]


[Looking back at Mount Racehorse as we leave the Racehorse Pass area.]


[Racehorse Pass.]

 
[Hiking back along the perfectly driveable road.]


[A bit further down the road, just before cross the mouth of the big scree / slab bowl that leads up and left to the summit of Racehorse Peak.]


[An alternate ascent route to Racehorse Peak - the large south gully - as seen from the FSR. Racehorse at upper left, the high point at right and the very unofficial "Pony Peak" at center.]

Elevation Gain (m): 
1300
Round Trip Time: 
6.50
Total Distance (km): 
13.00
Difficulty Notes: 

The hardest part was driving the initial stretch of road off Allison Creek Road towards Racehorse Pass. The mountain itself is mostly a hike from the pass.