• Activities:

    Camping, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Advanced

  • Season:

    Summer

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    18 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    7591 Feet

Forest
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

This is the highest summit in Clearwater County (11,027ft). With the famous 'Notches' of the Canadian Rocky Summits and the beautiful glacier Tarn Bivy.

Starting 105 miles (169kms) from Rocky Mountain House, the trailhead for this hike begins across the highway from Thompson Creek Campground. There is a grassy area to park and the path extends obviously on the east side of the creek.

The initial 2.5 miles (4.2kms) meanders along the creek with 2 well marked river crossings across downed logs. Then follow the obvious West moraine gully away from the creek to gain serious elevation. About halfway up the steep cliff in front of you, follow the flagged route along the north treed ridge that leads to a long open scree slope.

Following along the scree slopes, you'll see the twin waterfalls feeding the creek. Aim for the northwest ridge of these, then follow the stream to a headwall. Use the cairned starting point to scramble your way up. This leads to the amazing alpine tarns and a beautiful spot to bivy for the night.

On the north side of these tarns there is a large headwall, which has a faint but visible route from right to left. Above it follow along the glacial stream to the shallow col leading NE. Upon reaching the top and crossing the snowy plateau, Mount Cline is in full view.

Using a mountaineering axe and crampons to ensure safety cross the snow slope then head to the crux of the climb: 2 U-Shaped 5.4 rated "notches." To cross the exposed traverse there is are 2 bolted anchors and several large boulders you can use to set up a rap station. After crossing, it is a straight forward hike to the summit!

Follow this route and approach back to descend.

This route ranges from 1 - 3 days depending on experience and fitness level. Decide which is best for you!

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Food
  • Water purifying equipment
  • Backpacking equipment (bivy, tent, stove, etc)
  • Mountaineering axe / Crampons
  • Climbing gear (rope, belay device, anchor)
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Stephen Underhay

26 years old, originally from Yellowknife NT, central Alberta is now where I call home. A professional firefighter/EMT, I'm afforded a lot of time off to explore my hobbies. Climbing, paddling, hiking and camping off the beaten path are how I spend my time. Recently taking up adventure photography I've now gained a direction to focus my pastimes.

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