Mount Ward was an enjoyable scramble in the Crowsnest Pass area. It presented very few difficulties and was actually quite easy to find! Just remember that it's the logging road at the bottom of a very long hill to the left and you can't miss it. We actually walked all the way up the darn road but I would recommend taking a vehicle with some clearance or your bike.
The hike to Window Mountain Lake is pleasant but not spectacular and the lake is nice but again nothing really great. The views get interesting once you are about 150m up on Wards west flank when the alpine meadows and the backdrop of the lake below start to take effect.
[Trust me - bike this road - do not walk it if you don't have to.
[The trailhead sign - notice the killer bear warning!]
[Ward as seen from the approach trail.]
[Window Mountain Lake.]
[Window Mountain Lake from scree slopes on the way up to the col.]
The scrambling up the ridge is easy but you have great views and good footing which heightens the enjoyment. I really like this scramble but it was easy and it's a good thing that we also did Allison Peak and Window Mountain on this particular day!
[Jon coming up from the col to summit of Mt. Ward. The ridge we have to traverse to Allison in the background.]
[Jon on the ridge to the summit.]
[View to the east.]
[Summit photo. Seven Sisters and Crowsnest Mountain in the background.]
[Window Mountain Lake and Mount Racehorse from the summit of Ward.]
[The route from Allison (C) to Window Mountain at left is fairly obvious.]