For our return, we traversed partway back to
the south summit before descending to the aforementioned col. From
there, we stumbled down some mixed rubble until we were able to
plunge-step the remainder of the scree slope back to the creek. The long
march out Jura Creek is the real crux of this trip since the monotony is
almost as painful as the stones underfoot. The hot sun would have
made the trek even more unbearable had it been a little higher in the
sky, but it was late enough for the shade of Exshaw Ridge to provide
cover over much of the creek bed. We took lots of breaks on the way
back, and Marta and Zosia also "entertained" us with a plethora of Polish
songs. Even Elisabeth got into the act with some French Canadian
tunes. There were a lot of sore feet and maybe even a few sore
throats by the time we exited the canyon at the mouth of Jura Creek.
After parting ways with Stephane back at my car, we enjoyed an uneventful
drive back to Calgary to end a long but fun day in the mountains. The east face of Mount Fable garners much attention
to the west. Stephane, Elisabeth, Marta, Zosia and Sonny stand on
the north summit of Morrowmount (2533 metres). Here is another look at Hassel Castle.
The group follows a dirt road which
leads to Jura Creek. Ahead is Exshaw Mountain.
The group hikes through a short canyon
near the start.
Marta hikes up gray limestone of the
Palliser Formation (for a short but concise description of this
geological formation, check out Matthew Hobbs' trip
Beyond the second canyon, the group
prepares to endure over two hours of monotonous hiking up Jura Creek.
The group heads up a huge yellow scree
Marta continues to grind uphill.
Zosia and Elisabeth are barely visible beside the trees at centre.
The group heads for a col (not visible
here) between the yellow scree and the gray slabs.
A west-trending ridge leads directly
to Morrowmount's summit ridge. The north (true) summit of
Morrowmount is at centre.
Hassel Castle sticks up like a sore
thumb along the ridge to the south.
Zosia, Marta and Elisabeth arrive at
Zosia and Elisabeth scramble up to the
Marta climbs high above the col
Elisabeth, Zosia and Marta arrive at
the south summit of Morrowmount (2529 metres). The north summit
is visible at left.
Stephane follows Elisabeth, Zosia and
Marta along the connecting ridge to the north summit.
This is looking back at the south
summit from the north summit. The four peaks of Mount Lougheed
are visible on the horizon at right.
To the northwest, the prominent peak
at left is unofficially-named Mount Townsend.
End Mountain and Association Peak are
visible to the northeast.
To the east is Wendell Mountain.
Mount Yamnuska is seldom seen from
The group traverses partway back along
the ridge toward the south summit.
The group rapidly plunge-steps down
the huge yellow scree slope.
Here is a comprehensive view of Jura
Creek valley. Exshaw Ridge is on the right.
Hiking out Jura Creek is the epitome
Distance: 22.4 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 11 hours 40 minutes
Net Elevation Gain: 1227 metres
The east face of Mount Fable garners much attention to the west.
Stephane, Elisabeth, Marta, Zosia and Sonny stand on the north summit of Morrowmount (2533 metres).
Here is another look at Hassel Castle.