Starting from the Highwood Pass parking lot,
we crossed the highway and made a beeline for the southwest face of
Little Arethusa. This face is deceptively steep and loose, and we
eventually veered over to climber's right to find easier terrain.
Although the upper mountain had some accumulation of snow, we had no
problems hiking to the top. We stayed on the summit for about 25
minutes before commencing our descent which was quick and uneventful. Sonny, Marta and Raff raise their hands on the 2767-metre summit
of Little Arethusa.
Marta and Raff leave the Highwood Pass parking lot and head toward Little
Highwood Ridge rises above the Highwood Pass parking lot.
Marta and Raff appear to head for the
obvious gully. They would eventually angle off to the right.
The southwest face of Little Arethusa
is both steep and loose.
The ascent of the southwest face is seemingly interminable.
Marta reaches the summit ridge.
Marta carefully picks her way along
the ridge while Raff is visible on the summit in the distance.
Raff waits as Marta climbs the last
few metres before the summit.
Marta and Raff use a topo map to
identify distant landmarks.
Highwood Ridge (centre) and Grizzly
Ridge (right) are visible to the southwest on the other side of the
The main mass of Mount Arethusa lies
to the northeast.
Storm Mountain is visible to the southeast.
Raff and Marta start their descent.
Marta aims for grassy slopes which are
a little easier to descend than the steep rubble.
Marta traverses back toward the
original line of ascent.
Marta takes a last look at Highwood
Ridge and Grizzly Ridge before plunging down into the forest.
Distance: 3.3 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 3 hours 13 minutes
Net Elevation Gain: 574 metres
Sonny, Marta and Raff raise their hands on the 2767-metre summit of Little Arethusa.