Mount Roberta

On 30 October 2016, I hooked up with Asieh Ghodratabadi, Ali Shariat and Zosia Zgolak for a quick scramble up Mount Roberta in Alberta's Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.  Although the Rocky Mountain Ramblers had published a trip report in 2008, Mount Roberta remained largely obscure until Marko Stavric brought it to the attention of several other outdoor web authors in 2013.  Using the trip report from Bob Spirko, we started hiking from a pullout beside a gated road just off Highway 40.  We followed this road across a bridge and soon intersected the Pocaterra ski trail.  Turning south, we walked a short distance and began looking for the animal trail described by Spirko.  Snow cover made it difficult to locate this trail, and we eventually gave up and simply plunged into the forest.  Climbing steeply, we stuck to the rib west of an obvious drainage which eventually led us to a high col just south of the summit.  From there, we scrambled up to a false summit before traversing over to the true summit along a snowy connecting ridge.  We were blessed with superb weather on this day, and we lingered on the summit for over an hour before reluctantly beginning our descent.  Other than the odd slippery section, we had no issues retracing our steps back to the ski trail and out.
Maybe we should have brought skis? The group starts off toward Mount Roberta from the trailhead.
Getting warmed up! Zosia climbs steeply up through the forest.
Thank you Ali and Zosia for breaking trail most of the way! The group continues to climb up the forested rib.
Good views! Asieh clears the last of the trees.
Good friends! Ali and Zosia pause on a snowy slope above tree line.
Zosia is in the zone! Zosia leads the way up the snowy slope.
Iranians in the Canadian Rockies! Ali and Asieh come up the north ridge of Mount Roberta.
Still having fun, Asieh? Zosia and Ali wait for Asieh to join them on a false summit.
Yes, I do occasionally take the lead! LOL! Sonny and Zosia climb up the final section before the summit.

Photo courtesy of Ali Shariat

All the hard work is done! Zosia takes the last few steps before the summit with Mount Pocaterra in the background.
Awesome job, everyone! Ali, Asieh, Zosia and Sonny stand on the summit of Mount Roberta (2454 metres).

Lotsa familiar peaks as well to the west!

Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes attract the most attention to the west.


Elpoca Mountain intrigues me, but I don't think it's a scramble... Gap Mountain (left) and Elpoca Mountain (right) dominate the views to the north.
It might be time to visit the Highwood Pass area on skis... Pocaterra Ridge stretches away to the southeast.  Also visible are Mount Rae (left), Storm Mountain (left centre) and Mist Mountain (right centre).
Pew, pew, pew... Ali and Asieh use finger guns alongside the original Kanetrooper.

Photo courtesy of Ali Shariat

Hey, what's in Zosia's hand? The Kanetrooper helps Zosia kill some stress.
What a wonderful day to be up here! The group returns to the false summit.
Looks awesome! Here is a last look at Mount Roberta from the trailhead late in the day.
This was one big bruin! Thanks, Ali, for the great photo! This grizzly bear is still fattening up by the side of the highway south of Fortress Junction.

Photo courtesy of Ali Shariat

Perfect day for this perfect trip! Total Distance:  ~5.5 kilometres
Round-Trip Time:  6 hours 14 minutes
Net Elevation Gain:  601 metres