Midnight Peak


 

Trip Details
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Summit Elevation (m): 
2,340
Summit Elevation (ft): 
7,677
Elevation Gain (m): 
950
Round Trip Time: 
3.50
Total Distance (km): 
10.00
Difficulty Notes: 

Easy hiking and scrambling with some very limited off trail route finding.

Map
Trip Report

On October 30 2010 I decided to get up early and try to get some sunrise pictures from Wedge Pond. Of course I also had an idea that maybe I could whip up and down a peak while I was out there anyway... ;-) I had to be back in Calgary early so that's why I had to 'whip' up and down rather than 'stroll'.

 

Driving out to Wedge Pond I realized two things;

  1. I was way too early.
  2. There wasn't going to be a great sunrise because there wasn't a cloud in the sky!

 

Oh well. I was up now and so I decided I might as well keep driving. Sure enough, I stood around a froze for about 45 minutes before the sun started to come up at Wedge Pond. The silver lining was some low cloud hanging over The Fortress. I managed to get some nice zoomed images of that at least.

 

I was the only one parked at the Baldy Pass trailhead at about 09:45. I have never been up the trail to the pass and was pleasantly surprised by it. I mean, it was nothing really great but it wasn't as mind numbing as I was afraid it would be either. Once the sounds of highway 40 diminished behind me I felt pretty lonely out there and made sure to do some 'bear yelling' every once in a while.

 


[Looking at the south ridge on Baldy from the Old Baldy Pass trail.]


[At the pass, looking up at Midnight Peak. I just followed the ridge from left to right.]

 

Like I always do on small mountains, I imagined that when I reached the pass I was almost at the summit. WRONG. I was maybe 1/3 of the way but if you go up the north ridge / fact it's pretty loose. I also couldn't really follow the trail since there was snow covering it. I managed to scramble up rather awkwardly. The whole time up the slope I thought I was looking at a false summit but apparently it was the actual summit, so that was a pleasant surprise. 

 


[The treed sections had cairns and obvious trails. More bushy than I expected though!]


[Looking behind me at Baldy Mountain.]


[The moon and the summit above.]


[Looks pretty green to the east! Lusk Ridge in the distance here. ++]


[Getting higher than Baldy now.]


[Nice views to the prairies.]


[The slope was loose and fresh snow made it slippery.]


[The Fortress doesn't look so good now (this is how it looked earlier). The views are still nice from the summit though!]


[Looking west.]


[Looking towards Canmore.]


[Looking over Nakiska.]


[Another shot looking west - more wide angle.]

 
[Vern on the summit of Midnight Peak.]


[Summit panorama. ++]


[Summit panorama including (L to R), Fortress, Gusty, Galatea, Bogart, Ribbon, Sparrowhawk, Wind, Lougheed III, Allan, Lougheed II, Collembolla and Lougheed I. ++]


[Looking at the other summit to the south - now called "Midday Peak". Groan. ;)]


[I was thinking of descending this way - straight down to the gully where there's an obvious trail on skier's right but it wasn't worth it. I descended more to skier's right of this picture on my ascent line.]


[Looking back on my way out.]


[Baldy Pass trail is almost a road in places.]

 

I'm not sure it's worth doing the various other routes that are suggested. My round trip time, including all breaks, was 3.5 hours so it's not like this is a long outing! Worth it as a solo or half day objective, especially when the Chinook winds are howling.

Comments

Everyone else is at 6 haha, but I guess that's in snowy conditions.I'm thinking of doing this one tomorrow.

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