Curator Mountain


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Trip Date: 
Thursday, September 4, 2003
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An easy ascent from the Skyline Trail which passes right past the mountain on its east ridge.

Trip Report

Curator Mountain was a very enjoyable scramble. Next to Tekarra it's the one I would recommend most for a side trip off of the Skyline Trail backpacking route in Jasper National Park. It is just off of the Big Shovel Pass to the west and there are several routes up. The most obvious may not always be possible if the snow isn't melted enough. If there is no way up through the snowfield you can get to the summit by tracking back a bit and going up through some steep scree and cliff bands to gain the summit ridge.


This summit is mostly a strenuous hike but does get somewhat steep in sections. The view from the top is absolutely fantastic with a view of the Skyline Trail along Curator Lake with the steep route up The Notch along with a host of other peaks to the south and the east including Centre, Excelsior and others.


If you get to Big Shovel Pass and you think you have the energy, it shouldn't take you more than a couple of hours to go up and down and that includes some good quality view-time at the top.

[Curator Mountain from Big Shovel Pass.]

[Vern coming up Curator.]

[Vern and Kev coming up just above the snow patch.]

[Kev coming up the final ridge before the summit.]

[The cairn at the summit.]

[View from the top of Curator Mountain looking south towards Amber Mountain.]

[Vern and Kev on the summit.]

[The Skyline trail winds it's way across this picture, far below the summit.]

[The summit of Curator Mountain.]

[The Notch with Curator Lake just visible at center.]

[Coming down past the snow patch on the east ridge above Big Shovel Pass.]

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