Nub Peak


Trip Details
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Trip Date: 
Thursday, September 4, 2008
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Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 3 : you fall, you break your leg
Difficulty Notes: 

There are no difficulties hiking up the Nublet and the Nub. You should be on trail the entire way up the Nublet with some easy scrambling to Nub Peak.


Trip Report
I was pleasantly surprised when Yolande and Hanneke both said they would try hiking Nub Peak with us, I thought they might want a break after Wednesday's grind into camp. It was later than I would have preferred for a morning start, but by 10:00 we were on the trail. The day was clearing up beautifully and I couldn't resist some more pictures across Lake Magog on our way past it. As we climbed up the Nublet the views behind us only improved. We quickly realized that there was a very large group from the lodge being guided up 'our' peak ahead of us and we passed them at the first viewpoint below the summit of the Nublet.


[Hanneke admires the view of the Mighty 'A' with Lake Magog in the foreground.]

[I can't believe I stood on her summit only four years later!]

[Vern and Hann]

[Fresh snow but the sun is warm and the trail is obvious and well marked. We aren't the first group up today.]


As we got higher on The Nublet and Nub Peak we started hiking in more and more fresh snow. By the time we were on Nub Peak we had snow past our ankles and drifts half way up to our knees! The snow generally made the pictures better but the trail was very muddy lower down. The Nublet has superb views of Mount Assiniboine and the lakes around it and unless you have a perfectly clear day or want to bag a more official peak, or take pictures of other peaks in the area, I would suggest that you don't even bother with the trudge to Nub Peak's summit. I got the best pictures from the Nublet, but that was partly because the weather was closing in more and more as we got higher. The scrambling from the Nublet to the lower slopes of Nub Peak is surprisingly entertaining - if you want it to be. The one place where the girls turned around turned out to be bypassed easily on climber's left but we didn't figure that out till the way down. The trudge up the scree slopes to the summit is admittedly boring, but short.


[The first good view point is jokingly called "The Niblet". The Nublet rises beyond.]

[Stunning views on the way up to the Nublet. And Mount Assiniboine too. :-)]

[Ascending scree / snow to the Nublet]

[Hanneke approaches the summit of the Nublet, Cerulean Lake below her.]

[Summit of The Nublet. Assiniboine and Magog on the right.]

[Jon, Yolande, Rod, Hanneke and Vern on the summit of The Nublet.]

[Heading for Nub Peak from the Nublet.]

[There is some avoidable scrambling, but why avoid good, clean fun?]

[We could have gone around to the left but decided that this was better. The girls decided to turn around here. Still quite a grunt to the peak from this location.]

[Looking back over the Nublet from near the scrambling section where Hann and Yolanda turned back.]

[The boys make their way to the summit of Nub Peak.]


I was a bit disappointed in the views of Mount Assiniboine from the summit of Nub Peak but only because the weather had been moving in. Otherwise they were stunning and these views are a very good bang for your effort since this is a very short / easy mountain to get up. The pleasant surprise was the views of the other mountains all around the Assiniboine Park area. They are all lower than Mount Assiniboine so they were still under the clouds and there was no end to the great vista in all directions. After an hour at the summit we headed back down to The Nublet and from there went back to the cabin for some soup and some lunch.

[Stunning summit view. Too bad about the heavy cloud cover but you get the idea. ++]

[Rod, Jon and Vern on the summit of Nub Peak.

[Rod at the summit with The Towers rising on the left]

[Mount Sir Douglas is an 11,000er that rises over Burstall Pass on the border of Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country to the SE.]

[Nestor Peak lies to the NW of Nub]

[Starting the descent. ++]

[Looking north off the summit of Nub Peak. Nestor Peak on the left, unnamed to the right of it.]

[Another mind-blowing view on the way down from Nub Peak. The foreground peak above Cerulean Lake is an outlier of Wedgewood Peak. Behind that from right to left is Strom (just visible), Assiniboine, Magog, Terrapin, Naiset Point, The Towers.]

[More views from the descent. ++]

[Partial panorama from the descent of Nub Peak (click to view full size). You can just see Wonder Peak, Wonder Pass and The Towers on the left side of the photo. Rod and I scrambled Wonder Peak the same day we hiked Nub Peak. ++]

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